The year is 2011. The Arab Spring, aided by social networks, shakes Middle Eastern governments and topples several regimes. The Occupy Wall Street movement spreads across the country and world with the use of a single word–#occupy. Apple unveils the iPhone 4S. Worldwide, some 2 billion people have access to the internet. A handful of Honors students at the University of Utah sign up for the Privacy & Technology Think Tank.
Admittedly engrossed in the technological age, these students still remembered a world without Facebook. As the semester wore on, they realized the technology that they saw as having enriched their education and social lives could also deplete their civil liberties, privacy, and autonomy. The students wanted to pass on their new knowledge to others, but they soon realized their new knowledge wouldn’t be new for long in such a fast-paced world.
Unlisted was born–a blog and student group at the University of Utah committed to embracing technology’s ability to transform education, economics, and politics while at the same time making known its pitfalls and dangers.
Because if you don’t know, you can’t do anything about it. Protect your privacy. Go Unlisted.