The long road to Kyiv (2)

Daniel Kuntze is a german photographer; I do not know him, but he’s friends with someone I doknow, another photographer, this time from Bulgaria, Aleksandr Mitev.

Through Aleksandr’ Facebook stream, I watched the pictures taken by Daniel in  his recent visit to Kyiv, and the cry of genuine horror at the sight of the ukrainian police shooting their own people, and as news are trickling in about something that increasingly looks like a Civil War.

In three weeks time, in Davos, we will be discussing about the digital side of our rights, how to enforce and protect them, when it increasingly looks like it’s not the fraudsters who threaten them the most but, in many more cases than we would like to admit, our own democratically elected governments.

The following day our group will move to Kyiv where, under the guide of Oksana, I and a small group of other professionals will discuss what it means “to be digital”: a very appropriate discussion to start with as awareness is always the first step towards understanding.

Sure, there is a technical side to all of this, and it often overshadows everything else, but the most fundamental truth to understand is that our personality has already stepped over the boundaries between the physical and digital world – whether we are a company or an individual; people are talking about us, and maybe they are not always telling a pleasant story; our customers are already discussing our product and our commercial practices; our employees are already discussing our management, comparing pay schemes and so on.

This is a fact, and there is no turning back of that clock: being aware we now live in a glass house must make us behave accordingly, assuming anything we do will be open to public scrutiny, cross examination and possibly, critique.

Does it mean the end of privacy? Does it mean I can never again “pull the curtains” of my house and keep what happens there to myself?

Quite the opposite and in fact, part of the debate MUST revolve around the ability to preserve privacy as another fundamental right, both against snooping, but also against misuse by commercial entity which may have access to this information.

An exciting time to be around, an exciting debate to partake!

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