“In order to track the geographical location and usage patterns of nearly half a million internet users, our researcher created a “botnet”—a network of hundreds of thousands of hacked computers reporting back to him (or her).”
Ethical implications of Online Fundraising and Campaigning - Case Study: Kony 2012
It has been a year almost since I worked with my friend Alvaro Salas on his cause, as the prelude of a beautiful story that separates itself from Alajuela to Berlin. Now that I am in my office and give myself some time to write, I recall how every time that I advise somebody on fundraising and social causes online I always end up quoting, thinking about, or having to read again, in some sort, this controversial article posted in one of El País newspaper’s blog (one of the best journalism sources in Spanish in this biased world we live in) by Delia Rodríguez . And I think is time for me to finally translate it in a paraphrasing sort, and in general terms, to English as a how-to framework or ethical reference due to its influence on me.
The article was posted in one of the newspaper blogs in march 2012 about the KONY 2012 campaign’s video made by the Invisible Children. The article sounds condemning to me since the very beginning, yet thought provoking in all its ways, and it has an excellent dissection of the whole video that includes many insightful elements that can be addressed from a neutral perspective and even implemented if you agree with using those methods. All this depends on the individuals’ ethics, I emphasize it now and definitely will do it again later. I do not recommend you to do or not to do in any of the points it expresses. It is, after all, a controversially successful case-study.
“That’s what every meal feels like to you. Someone offers you a cracker and all you see is processed flour and cancer. They offer you fruit, and all you see are pesticides and E. coli. And forget about organic. Everyone lies. Everything is tainted.”
This day, history might be shaped and I am witnessing it in the first time. Who would wonder a couple of centuries ago that somebody could write and publish about an event that was instantly happening in the other face of the planet (And starting to follow a couple of tumblr users sitting next to me in the cafe I am here in Berlin)? Yet I wonder. What is the use of all this interconnectivity if you do not attempt to impact history in the moment if happening?
Having spent so much time in the internet in the past two years, and now working for a company in which business depends on how people uses it brings to me so many mixed feelings and concerns. Yet the biggest ones are still the same: how honestly we manage our online web presence? And, secondly, How much in need of external re-assurance and instant gratification are we actually in the need of?
Even if I come from a land where everybody kill themselves every day, and I am quite comfortable with my now safe and promising life, I can´t help it, I feel I lack the ability to engage in commitment. I feel astoundingly overwhelmed by the fact that so many people have harder conditions that mine, yet I can’t seem to be able to overturn my overall favorable conditions into a lucrative reality that nurtures and help other people to improve their lives and surroundings. I am in the look of growth, self criticism, and deeper influence on those who surround me for better, yet it seems that I end up just being another over-sheltered Y-generation little dude.
I wish my character builds up into something tougher, yet compassionate. I want to become that role-model outside of the normal paradigm of political correctness. I want to become a Hunter S. Thompson, or Ray Bradbury’s equivalent of modern day description, and still I can’t even regard what is to be 100% faithful and loyal into a beautiful human platonic-erotic-filial sentimental relationship with the person I believe I love the most.
I feel like an emo-over-reacting-drama-prince at this present moment, yet I cannot describe myself otherwise than happy. What kind of context or plot twist do I need?