1) Read the Pew Research article, “Americans feel the tensions between privacy and security concerns.” How should the government balance the tensions between privacy and national security concerns? Is the Constitution clear about potential conflicts between privacy and national security? How much privacy should Americans expect in an age where information about people is so readily available?
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Social Media vs National Security.
It is true to say that globalization has merit and demerits to the world nations. In terms of
merits, there are a number of advantages that can be attributed to globalization. For instance, a
lot of business transactions can be conducted through internet today. Over and above this,
communication has been made so easy through the social media platform, making the world a
global village (Barnett, 2011).
However, it should be noted that the information technology communication has also been used negatively in the equal measure. The following paragraphs illustrates one of the ways in which social media as part of communication technology communication, have been used negatively. The paragraphs demonstrate how social media is a risk to national security.
Firstly, the social media may be used by individuals to post their desires. This has the
ability of reaching far and wide, reaching thousands of people at the same time. This being the
case, social media has been used by the organizations of terrorists whose intent is purely to harm
innocent individuals (Cross, 2014). This is among the set of unique breed challenges as digital
Secondly, is that social media has also led to threats of discrimination and racism. Some
people use social media to spread hate speech that are usually directed to individuals who come
from races that are different from the person posting (Akhgar, & Yates, 2013). As such, this may
encourage hate in the country, which if not checked may encourage civil war in the country.
Lastly, social media have been used ‘to radicalize individuals against various religions.
This has to a large extent created rift among various religious groups in the country. It has
therefore encouraged in propagating insecurity as it inhibits tolerance and national unity.
In conclusion, social media can negatively affect the security of a given country. As
observed above, it may do this by encouraging radicalization, discrimination and terrorism.
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Cross, M. (2014). Social media security: Leveraging social networking while mitigating risk.
Akhgar, B., & Yates, S. (2013). Strategic intelligence management: National security
imperatives and information and communications technologies. Boston: Elsevier.