Mahatma Gandhi on "change"


I was watching the biopic Gandhi last night and was struck by the currency of his message about change, despite 70 years passing since he corralled an entire continent (way before the power of the internet was around to spread the word).  And if Gandhi were alive today, he would undoubtedly condone the actions of individuals all over the world, where each person - alone and unprompted - has taken a stance against the issue of online Privacy, collectively making up 45% internet users who no longer bank or shop online.  One line from the film struck me in this regard - the concept of satyagraha - "make them change their minds and actions"... whereas Gandhi made the establishment understand the errors of their ways with respect to their 'salt monopoly' by marching to the beach to produce his own salt, we instead are making the corporates and governments wake up to the consequences of ignoring our concerns about online Privacy by voting with our feet, with 74% starting to limit our online activity.Like the British government in the days leading up to Indian Independence, who initially reacted by ignoring the problem (and then arresting citizens en masse), so too the authorities and controllers of the internet today also are ignoring the the concern expressed by 92% being online Privacy [hardly surprising with daily Press reports publicising issues like 92% ISPs being "subject to cyberattacks on a daily (31%), weekly (23%) or monthly (38%) basis"].  Just like the 400 year-old infrastructure that was the British Empire, the government felt is was inconceivable that the machine could be broken - so too, with all the investment in the 400 month-old TCP/IP based internet, how could it be possible that it would implode?  Well, it is.What is strange is that most people still have not worked out that the problem is not security - for example, 92% Germans "are concerned about the security of their online data".  The issue is actually one of our Right to online Privacy, and, perhaps more importantly, our ability to have custodial control of our own private, personal, and sensitive data.  We just cannot trust this vital information being in someone else's hands.  The truth, as Gandhi would encourage you to keep coming back to, is that Privacy is the underpinning value when it comes to confidentiality and trust.So, where LifeBank provides the ideal mechanism for every internet user to protect their Right to online Privacy, the last word should respectfully be left to Gandhi: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."