Information is in constant change and ever-increasing in terms of quantity. It has changed our society over the last decades and it will have the exponential same effect in the future, which brings benefits, but also disadvantages.
Regarding the problems, data protection has been an increasing issue, leading to the lack of trust in companies. This makes consumers provide false information to businesses, avoiding handing their own data, fearing that someone might be misusing it without consent.
Thus, the problem of ‘fake data’ arises, which can be difficult to solve. Improper information may only be spotted through posterior analysis of that data. Furthermore, it loses credibility since it is not supported by actual evidence.
So, it is crucial that this information is treated in a proper way. However, humans cannot play the biggest part in this procedure, as the work would not be as flawless as it should be, and it would take an enormous amount of time to process it manually. Therefore, we must rely on artificial intelligence to create accurate and reliable information that companies can use accordingly.
Consequently, a need for regulation emerges. The government should effectively preserve the interests of their citizens and make sure that the companies are thriving.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an example of regulation that aims to protect the privacy of citizens, while ensuring that companies do not mishandle their data.
A controversial example would be article 13. This legislation regulates online content and its sharing, meaning that social platforms will be now accountable for illegal distribution of content. This forced more restriction on those social platforms’ filters. Hence, the content is over filtered, which may lead to imprecise detections and curbing some content that should not be. So, by protecting the copyrights of big editor companies, it might limit the access to and creation of derivative content by users.
To conclude, our contemporary society relies on good quality information that require a correct treatment. So, although there are initiatives to regulate how society manages information, we must continue to improve them so that everyone can benefit from it.
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