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Diaspora. Yes Privacy Does Matters!

Data Privacy Day (DPD) is celebrated annually on Jan 28.

Why Privacy Matters?

In the year 2015, everything that we do is done via a computer at some level – communication, travel booking, accomodation, billing, shopping. The world is increasingly becoming dependent on technology for critical tasks – weather prediction, defense, agriculture, education, commerce.diaspora cartoon1

Computers have made us immensely powerful. But that also makes us greatly vulnerable. What if one day these computers are taken away from us? Or even worse, what if they are turned on against us?The challenges we face in 21st century cannot be equated with the challenges in the past. In the past if someone had to spy on you,

they would send an expert spy to keep track of your movements, following you wherever you go, keeping a watch on you outside your house. But today this spying is done on millions of people, wit

h or without their knowledge, by small devices they keep in their own pockets – smartphones. These track your movement, conversations, actions, daily routine, people near you, people you meet regularly, anything it can lay its sensors on.

With massive centralized surveillance, it is a piece of cake to identify, locate, track, and predict your actions. Do you think all is fair and good if you have got nothing to hide, and if the government is trying to protect you. Honestly, which government in the world does not abuse its power? And even if the current governments are noble, what guarantee do you have that in the near future they will not turn evil and make life miserable for you? Would you let your own dad or mom watch you for an hour continuously, let alone all your life.

Our only safe bet is to ensure that we do not make such surveillance possible. And diaspora* is just a small part of that overarching aim.

Read more about how surveillance affects you in ways you haven’t thought of:


We’ve lost a fighter, a year ago.

We’ve lost a fighter. We’ve lost somebody who put huge energy into righting wrongs. There are people around the world who take it on themselves to just try to fix the world but very few of them do it 24/7 like Aaron. Very few of them are as dedicated. So of the people who are fighting for right, and what he was doing up to the end was fighting for right, we have lost one of our own. … We’ve lost a great person. But also, we’ve lost somebody who needed to be nurtured, who needed to be protected. I didn’t work with Aaron as closely as many people here, but I got the sense that all who have known him realized that he needed to be protected. He needed to be held carefully in our hands. He needed to be nurtured. So nurturers of the world, everyone who tried to make a place safe to work or a home safe to live, anyone who listens to another, looks after another or feeds another, all parents everywhere — we’ve lost a child. And there’s nothing worse than that.

Once he said “There is no justice in following unjust laws” So fight. Here is a small tribute to him by me.aaron