The digitalization of vast amounts of data continues to accelerate. Digitalization is compelling for the efficiencies realized in the processing, mining and monetization of information. Digitalization allows governments to enhance surveillance through national identification systems and extensive biometric databases.
Governments, corporations and owners of these vast banks of information are quick to emphasize the benefits of this information revolution. Yet large questions on the issue of privacy, ownership and security are not fully resolved. Blind reliance on information databases is fraught with the possibility of error. Consumers have little or no control over the digital footprints they create. Cyber warfare and cyber terrorism are critical threats.
Techno-integration is a delicate process involving a complex cast of actors with varying interests. Informed, thoughtful and critical analysis is paramount to prevent potential global conflicts resulting from under or over regulated digitalization.