Geon-Hee Lee, Republic of Korea
Geon-Hee Lee is a second year student in Busan International School in Korea. He is interested in majoring in Economy and Management when he goes to university. He is currently a member of AVEC, a chamber orchestra club at school and Economiyaki, an economics club. He describes himself as an extroverted, outgoing person who is always striving to be at the frontier of new things. His goal in the future is to become an analyst who can estimate the fluctuation of the future markets through developing a program and by analyzing past economic events.
The current world is no longer approaching the digital era but is already reaching its peak. With inventions and progressions that have never been experienced before, governments and people around the world are facing conflicts about the boundaries between digital safety and freedom. As one of the world’s most valued beliefs is freedom, many speak up for the right to be free and for the right to do the things that they would like to do without being censored or limited. On the other hand, others claim that freedom cannot be ensured if the digital world cannot maintain its peace. Thus, the advocates of safety claim that limitations and any other means for safety must be accepted and be followed. Social Networking Service. This is what started the connection between individuals around the world, what allowed people to regularly get information without keeping in touch via e-mail or mails. SNS is what ignited the beginning of the digital era and the idea of connecting the world. It is now considered as one of the most powerful ways to deliver messages to the world or advertise something. This is probably why almost every single global company and leader around the world has accounts on the major SNS services. However, the advantage of spreading out messages is now being distorted. One of the major examples that has occurred recently and is currently being dealt with is the use of SNS by the Islamic State militant group. They are recruiting teens and other prospective terrorists by using the Internet to promote their acts. Because of this, governments around the world began putting limits on digital freedom and started intervening into the digital world. They tracked, spied, hacked, did whatever they could in order to catch the people that could cause harm to the rest of the world. In this process, many innocent people were also tracked down and were deprived of their rights of freedom. Another problem is the malware programs that aim to cause harm to others in order to gain profit. For example, one of the major tools that ordinary people are exposed to is phishing. Phishing is an act of tricking a person to do something that the attacker wants them to do by lying, threatening, etc. Even if the government and organizations alarm people about phishing, many still get fooled and are affected. By looking at these examples, the world currently needs a clear, definite line to be drawn between safety and freedom. First, to protect the citizens from any possible harm. Second, to catch the lawbreakers and show that justice is what wins at last. However, this must all be done with the least damage to those who are innocent. One way to do this is by integrating government service with third-party people. The third party will make sure that the government will not try to build a digital panopticon while trying to do its job. This will keep governments inside the appropriate boundaries. Another way would be to use artificial intelligence. This way can be very controversial but also considered to be one of the most effective ways. If an AI program is given enough data to analyze, the patterns of the terrorists can just be put inside the web where AI cannot be accessed by the outside world, and simply give data or alarm only when there is a potential threat. This will block any possible infiltration by individuals while giving protection to the public. Digital safety is a very important issue; but it should not be enforced by neglecting freedom and the rule of gold must not be put over the golden rule of the digital world. Only by doing this, can we let the future generation, which is now only 20% of the world’s population, and 100% of our future grow in peace and make the world a much better place. A boat is safe when built in a harbor but a boat is not built to stay in a harbor. Thank you for reading.