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 • Some radical thinkers even believe technology could slip from human control and could be the root of our demise. These ideas stem from the fear of the rapid advances made in the field of artificial intelligence. The root of this thinking may be due to Heidegger establishing his view that despite popular opinion, we have much less control over technology than we are willing to admit. The more technological advances we make, the more control we believe we have over it; Heidegger argues that individuals and the social structure is inherently more controlled by technology without our knowledge. • Some radical thinkers even believe technology could slip from human control and could be the root of our demise. These ideas stem from the fear of the rapid advances made in the field of artificial intelligence. The root of this thinking may be due to Heidegger establishing his view that despite popular opinion, we have much less control over technology than we are willing to admit. The more technological advances we make, the more control we believe we have over it; Heidegger argues that individuals and the social structure is inherently more controlled by technology without our knowledge.
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 +====Freedom and Enframing====
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 +It wasn’t until attending college that I started questioning and became more cautious of the threat of technology. Being constantly connected and bombarded by a never-ending flow of information should overwhelm most and make people look deeper into the effect it has. We call all this connection “progress” and while it very well may be, depending on your definition of progress, there is always the question: At what cost? The topic of enframing, in general, speaks to this by addressing what technology means to society and its individuals and how it shapes us; especially with regard to freedom in general, but also in the personal and communal realm. ​
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 +===A Distorted View of the Influence of Technology===
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 +The rights and privacy as an Internet user inevitably influence the identity of the technological culture that has been created over the past few decades. As addressed by Evgeny Morozov in The Net Delusion, technology has a pivotal role in politics yet not in the simplistic way people perceive it to be. The general public seems to have a completely distorted view of the power of social media and the average ‘tweeter’ over authoritarian governments;​ for example, the Iran Twitter Revolution in June 2009 protesting an alleged falsified election could arguably be the beginning of the formation of these attitudes. Morozov mainly addresses the differences between democratic and authoritarian regimes and sums up the error in thinking that Internet users automatically have complete freedom in the palm of their hands perfectly:
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 +“If anything, Iran’s Twitter Revolution revealed the intense Western longing for a world where information technology is the liberator rather than the oppressor, a world where technology could be harvested to spread democracy around the globe rather than entrench existing autocracies.” (Morozov, p.5) 
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 +In other words, as Heidegger emphasized, technology and the illusion of freedom of its use essentially has more effect than overt control placed on citizens’ use of technology. Heidegger’s thinking in 1954 is similar to Morozov’s who further explores this issue; he addresses the cultures of authoritarian countries such as Russia and China, who are simply too distracted by their freedom to watch pointless and mind-numbing YouTube videos and the like to care about the oppression many hardly realize they are under. It is not only censorship which threatens our freedom, but all other forms of technology will influence our interaction and identity as a whole.
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 +===Technology and the Mainstream===
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 +Interestingly,​ it seems that with more technology there is increased capability to do more, yet with more possibility comes more restrictions on this freedom in order to regulate the use of technology. For example, 3-D printing is some of the latest technology just starting to hit the mainstream culture. The danger of this is not only people printing useless junk, but printing guns and gun parts potentially undetectable by airport security. In response to this possibility,​ many states are already moving: Philadelphia has passed a bill to ban printed guns, with Maryland considering the same. Because of our history of unnecessary and rampant copying and distribution,​ states feel the need to control and limit this freedom before it becomes an issue.[(:​delaney)].\\ ​ Strangely though, the possibilities for Internet, social media, and phone use seem to be endless despite the privacy concerns they carry with them; yet, Google Glass was essentially shut down because people were all of a sudden very concerned about privacy and listened to negative studies involving three subjects, media hysteria against the new product, and even the government and businesses limiting the use of Glass in a majority of public places. [(:​delaney)].\\ In the context of enframing, this is important to the way people live and being able to print objects on command will add to the consumer-driven society (especially in the US) and it could also become a threat to people.
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 +===The Internet of Things’ Threat to Freedom===
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 +The Internet of Things is another critical topic and something that has been created within the past decade. These ‘Things’ include the everyday objects we use which have the ability to connect to the Internet, such as smart phones, fitness bands, and other wearable data-collecting devices. Everyday sophisticated technology used today has transformed the world and how it interacts. The mass amount of data taken in and processed by our devices every day is superior to many computers before this time, and a majority of everyone’s private information is somewhere in the world of technology even if it is private. Of course, the ease of sharing this data is quicker and efficient, but threatens the privacy of all who use it because of the information needing to be available on a database. [(:​O'​Neill)].\\ Again, while the new products and technologies continue to boast more and more freedom and control over one’s own life, they are inherently and unavoidably more restricting due to dependence. In the US and many other countries, the interconnectedness of people via technology makes it difficult to function in the modern society without at least the crummiest version of the latest technology: think, anything less than the iPhone 6 may be frowned upon but yet any sort of smart phone will get the job done, while professionals would not be able to keep up if the only portable technology they own were a pager (because public telephones are hard to come by) or even a Nokia. IoT is capable not only of tracking runs and posting endless cat videos from anywhere with a connection, it has already and will continue to transform how people live their lives, all societies, and the economies of the world and nations alone. The president of the Foundation on Economic Trans, Jeremy Rifkin, states that technology will change the very infrastructure of our lives, having the greatest effect on communication,​ energy consumption and production, and transportation. ​
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 +===Freedom Fighters===
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 +While most of our society moves along with the changing ways of the Internet and increased risk of sensitive information being exposed (to say the least), there is a group of people all over the world who identify as being part of the group Anonymous. This loosely structured group has taken revenge on several large corporate websites and organizations,​ churches, and government websites. The point of this group is for individuals to remain anonymous, and therefore call themselves “anons.” Anons operate by contacting each other and gathering for protests and pranks to get more media attention to the cause. This group calls themselves freedom fighters, attempting to break down the virtual walls of these large websites in an attempt to reclaim control over their Internet abilities. While their ability to operate with little structure is admirable, their call for large entities to relinquish all people and essentially let people do whatever they please is a relatively irrational goal. This group has been important to bringing to light the truth behind the controlling power behind the Internet though, and thankfully has caused many of the general public to think. [(:​Knappenberger)].\\
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 +Ultimately, while Internet has influenced the way our world operates, as individuals we have the control over who it makes us as human beings. The blessing and curse of the Internet is its convenience:​ it makes for more efficiency and ease, but when controlled by an entity it can in turn control the users. It is crucial that we are aware of the ways technology affects our lives in order to preserve our freedom.
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 publisher ​ : Be Late publisher ​ : Be Late
 url        : https://​belate.wordpress.com/​2010/​07/​12/​heidegger-modern-technology/​ url        : https://​belate.wordpress.com/​2010/​07/​12/​heidegger-modern-technology/​
 +)]
 +[(Delaney>>​
 +author ​    : John F. Delany
 +title      : Narrow Vision: Did Anti-Glass Hysteria Contribute to the Demise of Google Glass?
 +edition ​   :
 +published ​ : 2015
 +publisher ​ : Socially Aware
 +url        : http://​www.sociallyawareblog.com/​2015/​01/​16/​narrow-vision-did-anti-glass-hysteria-contribute-to-the-demise-of-google-glass/​
 +)]
 +[(Thompson>>​
 +author ​    : Clive Thompson
 +title      : How the Photocopier Changed the Way We Worked—and Played
 +edition ​   :
 +published ​ : 2015
 +publisher ​ : Smithsonian Magazine
 +url        :
 +)]
 +[(O'​Neill>>​
 +author ​    : Maureen O'​Neill
 +title      : E-Discovery & the Internet of Things
 +edition ​   :
 +published ​ : 2015
 +publisher ​ : Law Technology News
 +url        : 
 +)]
 +[(Knappenberger>>​
 +author ​    : Brian Knappenberger
 +title      : We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists
 +edition ​   :
 +published ​ : 2012
 +publisher ​ :
 +url        : YouTube. https://​www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=3SsLGPaYjvM
 )] )]
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