TED Talk. Mikka Hypponen: How the NSA betrayed the world’s trust


We will, we will watch you!

Is there any such thing as digital privacy? Aren’t we still sharing personal information far too generously and aren’t we all thoughtlessly jumping onto the cyber-fuelled bandwagon, just because it pretends to be the done thing? We are exposing our sometimes innermost secrets to a seemingly tangible community; after all, it is such a good feeling to be ‘liked’ by our diligently accumulated friends, 500+ at least, whom we trust blindly. Human vanity displays itself in many shades. So does human voyeurism. When friend turns into foe, the resulting mudslinging is witnessed by the same interested internet public. And then the desperation is individual and very real – and not just fleetingly virtual.

Serving our privacy on a universal silver platter is a decision we can take or leave. We’ve got nothing to hide, so why worry even when being spied on by heavyweight entities? Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure Corporation in Finland, tells you why.

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