Thursday, January 26, 2017

GlobalMedia: National Sovereignty and Transborder Data Flow (W3-P3) Sp17

So, what are the issues with regard to international communication, TDF, and national sovereignty?

Sovereignty: “a country’s right to protect its borders from military aggression; to preserve its natural wealth and resources; and to choose its political, social, economic, and cultural systems without interference by another state”(Frederick, p.121).

TDF (transborder data flow): the flow of banking, insurance, credit and other similar information across national boundaries via mainly computer networks (a.k.a. TBDF).

What's the relationship between TDF and national sovereignty?  Take the two ideas and mash them together and what do you get?

Do nations have the right to "peek" over national borders and gather information about other countries?
Does a corporation, e.g., Google, have the right?
What can be done with the information gathered?  Information is power!

Remote-sensing satellites can be used to gather information from the Earth’s surface.

Does one country have the right to gather information about another country via remote-sensing satellites?

A remote sensing satellite map of Nigeria by SEDACMaps

If interested, a Google Map of Google Maps’ Legal Troubles

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