Privacy Proposal


the quality or state of being apart from company or observation

Our "Right to Privacy"

Protection of Privacy
Initially when the issue of privacy comes up, we tend to think of our "right to privacy." Neither the constitution or the bill of rights ensures us specifically the "right to privacy." Since we are not ensured this "right to privacy" then regardless of if we value privacy, the government can infringe on our privacy at will then, right? Well not exactly initially the constitution was set up as a set of rules as to what the government can do. If it was not mentioned in the constitution then the Government could not do it. Later the bill of rights was introduced to state what the government can't do and once again no direct mention to privacy. In later amendments to the bill of rights various statements mention still indirectly ones right to privacy. Finally the privacy act of 1974 introduced laws to protect individuals personal information from being disclosed without consent.

The Patriot Act
This set of laws introduced by George W. Bush in 2001 has been widely criticized and amended since its introduction. Many of the sections of this act have been deemed unconstitutional and therefore been removed. The Patriot Act was supposedly designed to help ensure national security and protection against terrorism. In this document the Government is allowed to access e-mail, cell phone records, medical and financial records, and eases regulations on gathering information on foreign intelligence.

Justification of why Privacy should be Recovered

Knowing what we know about our "right to privacy" why should we value privacy in the first place? Privacy allows us to lead more individual lives and allows for greater creativity. If our ideas and thought are broadcast through the internet or on a phone most likely if someone in the government was interested in what you were saying they would be able to find out exactly what you said. Keeping not only our personal, medical, and financial records private but our beliefs and ideas should retain value in our society today. By valuing that our ideas and beliefs are kept private we can ensure that our thoughts are not monitored and our resulting actions not regulated by others before we have a chance to act. Lastly by engaging in in-person activities rather than just through the internet or by phone we will encourage a more active, healthy lifestyle both mentally and physically.

Identify signs in local life that indicate the undervaluation

Excessive use of internet and cell phones too communicate with disregard to the powers grated to the government to monitor our every move. Also information disclosed on open networks (facebook / myspace) designed to be seen by friends can and is being viewed by anyone who wishes, and we continue to use these programs more and more.

Identify juridic controls that interfere with this area of life, how can they be minimized

The Patriot Act :

Imagine a solution

-Increase peoples knowledge of what the government and other individuals are capable of viewing without your consent.

-Meeting people in person rather than communicating through technology.

-Talk to those in your immediate social groups (those you see regularly) and organize activity groups.

- Try and convince those in control of the media and internet to restrict access to their systems on certain days of the year.

- Formulate and promote a certain days to stay at home and offline, secluded and private from others.

Formulate event(s) to increase the rank of this value (planning/timing/materials/process/events)

Post fliers announcing a meeting to inform people on what your group is planning to do and explain how our privacy is being invaded every day. Demonstrate that through meeting with your peers more often in person than just talking online or on the phone you can have more fun and be more productive. In this meeting of initial group starters demonstrate how to encourage others how to become involved with the groups.

An initial day could be organized where the idea is put in the open at a large venue or in a very public place. Distribution of free t-shirts along with the fliers explaining our cause could be handed out to spark and initial interest in our proposal to take back some of our privacy. This initial promotion could be done on the college campus and at other high traffic areas such as Rimrock mall.

Create T-shirts announcing you or your groups interests.

-Rock climbing -Soccer
-Bowling - Running
-Skiing - Talking about whatever / where ever (ex. The bailout over coffee)

In the meeting and on the fliers you could explain that if someone is wearing one of these shirts and you are interested in the activity listed on it, just ask the person where and when that group is meeting, and then just show up.

This idea has the potential for creating awkward moments between people involved and people who want to become involved. By encouraging anyone who is in a group to bring the groups activities up in daily conversation more people will be likely to join your group or even just ask you about your group.

Groups that might help or interfere

Since this idea could be launched by individuals privately and has no need for violation of law there arent any organizations that could really interfere with the success of this project.
Any number of groups could be helpful in making this project and its groups thrive. Book clubs, school clubs, big brothers and sisters, could all be intereted in either starting their own group and or joining a group that already exists.

Outline a budget (if necessary) and materials needed

Fliers: $10
T-shirts: $5/each
Equipment for activity: $ varies

Describe how you would organize the participating individuals, (intra-extra group relations)

An initial group or individual would need to make a shirt announcing his or her new group. After they have recruited atleast one other who shares their interests they would organize themselves by arranging for meeting times and places.

Identify internal group changes, and ethical practices encouraged for participants

People participating in the groups should be friendly and supportive of everyone that wishes to join their activity group. For example if a new person joins your group of rock climbers, you should be patient and helpful when they are first learning as not to discourage them form coming back to the group.

Describe the anticipated goals/outcomes, and why you expect them to be achieved by this event

People will become more socially involved and rely less on forms of communication that are regularly viewed by non intended individuals and especially the government.

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