The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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Digital Citizenship

Posted on July 22, 2017

Now that he’s out of public office, former President Barack Obama has been going more public with some of the causes that carry special meaning for him, as has his wife Michelle. To be clear, he’s not calling for an increase in the quantity of people to expand but the quality of how they utilize their online resources to better their communities, their countries, their world. Recently the Obama Foundation issued a challenge to better examine digital citizenship – its potential and pitfalls. The positives everyone is aware of: broader engagement, developments in real time, massive education opportunities, and the ability for everyone to have a voice. But the former president is worried that a whole negative side is emerging from these advantages. As…

Identity – Digital Soul

Posted on February 21, 2013

The London Free Press had a feature article this past weekend on our digital identity, aptly titled “Our Digital Soul”.  There’s more to come in the next couple of weeks but this first installment was about the reality that there’s a lot more “out there” about us than we realize.  Sensors in various places pick up our facial features, voice characteristics, fingerprint identification, even odour, sweat and how we walk.  In other words, who we are is increasing becoming digitized, our “soul” supposedly no longer our own. The article dealt primarily about digital identity as it relates to security, but we all know it descends far deeper than that.  A recent report by the British government’s chief scientist, Sir John Beddington, reasons that social…


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