For years now we live with the confirmation of the importance of social networks and their impact on daily life. As with any other subject there are many and conflicting opinions on what is considered a social revolution. Millions, billions of people who daily exchange thoughts, opinions, images, emotions, anything that makes us feel alive and part of a community that filled our gaps. There are many theories behind social networks, in particular two are very fascinating, one who see social networks designed to be powerful tools for governments massive collection of information and monitoring of global sentiment, another who considers this platforms carriers of information but also manifest of social dissents, and for this to be kept under strict control.
I personally prefer a hypothesis that is placed in the middle, that treats social networks as powerful communication tools capable of reaching vast audiences planetary instantaneously and therefore is not very easy to tighter controls on each communication. This is the real concern of governments, losing control of a situation that could explode at any time to grow up to become unpredictable and unstoppable. Precisely this concern led to the following effects:
But what happens when all these approaches fail in intent?
There will be the final weapon, the “kill switch“, the censorship of the twenty-second century. A kill switch, also known as an e-stop is a security mechanism used to shut off in an emergency situation in the devices in which it can not be shut down in the usual manner. In this case the mechanism is the network itself isolating, and acting in this way it is possible to separate one nations from the rest of the world.
“Divide et impera”
So far we have been concerned about the potential of social networks, but obviously there is a downside. Just the huge media exposure of these new media can be a source of problems far from negligible. Social networks have literally swallowed whole populations by exposing them to new threats. The cyber crime, but also threats by hostiles government. In the first case, countless criminal organizations have used the network for attacks of all kinds, for social engineering attacks or to spread malware to steal financial information to the users. In the second case are the same Governments that infiltrating social networks to perform intellicence operations or to spread viruses developed for strategic objectives.
At this point one might wonder about the future of social networks. Will they grow with no brakes being able to exercise precise control of the masses, or we will it be less confidence on the trusting concept on which they are based?
In what direction society is moving?