[Blog] networking

Networking is the same for everyone. Democracy demands something like that, or was it digital agenda Europe? In order to achieve this, we can neither treat all users equally nor ignore the fact that data streams have the same effect. But their significance is anchored in geopolitical weighting.

External responsibility

The weighting of data streams and their possibilities for distribution through the digital network (data highways, data centers, server landscapes) are unimportant for the user. Until the internet doesn’t work. Good and bad connections are an expression of freedom, as the heart of access to information.

Compatibility between end devices (tablet, mobile, desktop), interfaces and cables gets hot if the user fails to operate. Failure means that it does not achieve the desired goal (certain information).

Trust in whom?

Now we imagine that the weighting of information (as in the body) is determined by different organs. These have a decisive influence on certain operational activities, information and shared responsibility for flows (data, information). Marginal aspects can be transferred, others can even be blocked and – like a worm, trojan (or combi), virus – some receive little attention.

In his daily thirst for information, we are therefore little aware of which mechanisms are necessary to use the infrastructure. As a driver, I don’t know what to do either if the oil tank is full and the oil warning light flashes. The gas station attendant doesn’t know either. The ÖAMTC person only knew a possible direction after an electronic analysis. The mechanic was able to determine the death of the engine. An autopsy (to get back to the human body) or analysis seemed unnecessary. But was that it?

Like every user, I was on my way to information (a meeting). The highway (data) was clear. The warning came suddenly and inconspicuously, at least the technical display said something other than the de facto oil pan (three-time check).

Individual responsibility

Every click counts. Is information provided to the user (email, website, application) or is he looking for it himself. Human common sense is NOT replaced by technical infrastructure, by fancy devices and beautiful design. Networking with all its data highways and data congestion (upload, download rate), its local color (legislation) and underlying business models (telecommunications provider) is always fundamental. But the “own fault” model is booming when users give up their (own) responsibility. If cloud services are also equipped with sensitive data, it becomes expensive. Thinking along serves as the basis of our time.