Social Media is an integral part of our life every day. One feels incomplete without browsing or taking time out for a quick look into the day's updates on different social media forums.
However, incidents like Cambridge Analytics, Face-book data leak, or even the Australian Ball Tampering incident are setbacks to us. One common thought that's bound to strike us is this - can there ever be checks and balances that make any process fool-proof?
The difference between today and the old days is, the thought process of the individuals earlier was never disruptive. The focus was to make use of technology so that it helps us in day to day life. However, the same focus now is to exploit the technology for the benefit of the situation and individual.
No doubt it’s very important for government interventions across geography so that such kind of personal data breaches, can be controlled. At the same time, it’s the personal responsibility of every individual to do complete due diligence before downloading any app or before using any social media forum. It’s very difficult to control the disruptions in this world of digital transformation where algorithms seem to be hacked even before they are first available! However, it’s still possible to take control and accountability of the actions one performs on any smart device or social digital forum.
As a Project Management community, we all need to start giving a lot of importance to security, and checks and balances in our processes. Though this is corrective action for Project Managers, the focus for all of us in our projects must be to ensure appropriate quality checks, testing, ensuring futuristic technology considerations in our ever changing market place.
GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is one such corrective action that has already been taken and is ready to hit the world. The EU GDPR is the replacement of the earlier Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC. It is designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe and protect and empower the data privacy for all EU citizens.
Similar steps and actions are required by other regions of the world as well where government focus is currently missing.
Another corrective action has been taken by Cricket Australia by announcing strict punishments to the players involved in ball tampering scandal. Though this verdict will set the ground rules and lay a precedent for other players of the game, it's really up to individual's integrity and values. Disruptive minds will always find one way or another to cause disruption.
It's very clear that minds are not working towards creating human value and privacy rights are not respected. There should be enough effort towards molding the thought process from disruption towards enhancement. Stop when the objective is met. Overdoing this effort will result in wasted time, resources, and effort.
In hope of making positive impact of technology. Happy Reading!!!
Thanks and Best Wishes
Tanish Mathur, PMP, PMI-ACP