Real Life is Not a Zoo

Re: On ethics in information technology

We know watching everything because you can is not okay in our daily life. If we do it to strangers it’s illegal stalking. If we do it online, with a computer between us and our ‘target’ and we work for a big organization, it becomes okay.

It’s not okay. There’s no reason to spy on someone without their knowledge whether its for personal reasons or for a group or organization. More than likely it will set you on a path of false conclusions and unjustified defensive moves. There’s no reason to obsess over every word, thought, or image someone posts online, even if it’s in public.

We don’t live in a zoo, and acting as if it’s permissible to gape at each other’s private lives from the other side of a computer screen is not just in poor taste, it’s creepy.

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