#DoNotTrack

Una Code

(Photo: Una Code, by Dino Latoga. CC Licensed)

Do Not Track is an online interactive documentary about internet privacy. This series, directed by Brett Gaylor, is composed of 7 short episodes that educate people about who could be tracking them through the internet and how much of their private information can they access. What is most amazing about this experience is that it uses your own personal information, acquired through the web, to demonstrate how little privacy we actually have.

While watching it, I already knew some of the things it showed me, like how ads and news that I see on my social networks are specifically addressed to me because of things like my browser history or online purchases I’ve made. But what really had an impact on me was how they use my location, my likes on Facebook, my posts, the places I visit the most, and basically everything I do on the internet to create a psychological profile of who I am as a person, including who I would vote for,  based on my behavior.

Although some of this information was already known by me, it is still a very serious matter that I think people should be more aware of. Most of them just take the internet for granted and care too little about issues like Internet neutrality or the recent scandal surrounding Facebook. They should be educated about the full reach of the web and be able to learn how to defend themselves and their personal information. Even if they don’t have anything to hide, privacy is a basic human right, and the idea of foreign companies or strangers being able to violate it and access private stuff is honestly very scary.

Here are a couple of videos that highlight some of this problems:

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Entry #15: War of the Gods

Power of GOD

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Under mysterious circumstances, God has disappeared, along with his angels; even the Devil is nowhere to be seen. In his absence, minor deities have begun to rise from their ancient slumber, determined to reclaim the mortal world. The Greek, Norse, Egyptian, and all the other gods from every religion engage in a celestial war for control; and humanity is caught in the middle. In an effort to stop the chaos and death, a group of humans go in search of the missing supreme being who’s disappearance started the war, God. But the other deities have noticed, and they’ll do anything in their divine power to stop them.

Entry #14: Everyone lives

Heaven

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Heaven has become too crowded. Because of this, management has started to organize different tests and trials to see who gets to stay and who has to reincarnate and live life all over again. People are not happy about this, they where promised an eternity in paradise! But the thing is that nobody knows what the requirements are to stay or leave. They’ve become desperate, trying to cheat their way into staying or avoid taking the tests; some are even looking for a way to escape Heaven and sneak into Hell. This is not a story about survival, this is a story about everyone trying to stay dead

 

Entry #13

A Beautiful Mind 3

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Inseparable twins while growing up; their childhood a beautiful thing. Now, different situations caused one of them to go down a path of crime, and the other to join the police force. Their bond as twins allowing them to comunicate telepathically; their life a never-ending game of cat and mouse.

Entry #12

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin by Neil Armstrong, Sea of Tranquility, Moon, 1969

(Photo: Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin by Neil Armstrong, Sea of Tranquility, Moon, 1969, by trialsanderrors. CC Licensed)

In the near future, two astronauts just got back from their spacewalk on the moon. They enter their spacecraft and close the door behind them. As they start to take off their spacesuits, there is a knock on the hatch leading to the outside. They look at eachother in surprise, they’re supposed to be alone. Upon looking out the window, they see an astronaut just like them.

“Open up” says the astronaut from outside “This is not funny”

“What’s your name?” asks one of the two astronauts from inside, not knowing what else to do

“Don’t joke around dude, it’s me, Ramirez” he says

Surprised, the astronaut that spoke from inside looks over at the other one who is with him, the one who is also supposed to be Ramirez. The Ramirez from inside looks terrified and tells him not to open the door. But the one on the outside grows more impatient by the minute and starts pounding at the door. He must make a decision.

 

Entry #11: Origins

Space rock could make 2036 a killer year!

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During an expedition, an archaeologist discovers a hidden tomb with strange messages. After translating them, it is revealed that most of humanity’s history is a lie. The dinosaurs were Earth’s native inhabitants and the asteroid that “killed” them was actually a crashing spaceship bringing humans from their actual home planet, which got destroyed by another alien species. So much time has passed that humanity doesn’t even remember that Earth isn’t their real planet. But there was something else written in the caves, a prophecy predicting the return of the aliens that invaded our original world. And according to the writings, it is about to come true.

Entry #10

Jail

(Photo: Jail, by 826 PARANORMAL. CC Licensed)

Future technology has allowed judges to extract the memories of criminals to prove if their guilty or innocent. This means that conviction rate is basically flawless. But there is a side effect: the memory of the crime gets removed from their brain, resulting in the inmates not remembering what their in jail for. A group of of them stage a prison riot with the purpose of breaking into the memory storage and finding out what their crimes were.