Tuesday, July 5

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About common sense, normality and digital security. What is common sense? As defined by the dictionary of the RAE, it is about the “Way of thinking and proceeding as the generality of people would do”. We could say that acting according to common sense is ‘normal’ –also, statistically speaking–. Now, from the psychological point of view, society conceives or labels what is normal, as ‘the good’, and what is abnormal –or less common–, as ‘the bad’. But, in this struggle to seek normality, to be and act like the majority, according to common sense, is it the smartest thing to do? Well no, we should not trust. If we take into account that to its ‘common’ and ‘normal’ quality we must add its ‘subjective’ nature, we have a combination that can lead us to make wrong decisions, as well as compromised and dangerous.

Voltaire said “Common sense is the least common of the senses”; and Ramón de Campoamor, “there is nothing true or false; everything depends on the color of the glass through which you look”. That said, why do we give permissions to apps left and right, accept cookies without rhyme or reason, or send personal data to strangers? If we adjust to the RAE, we are allowing ourselves to be guided by common sense –and contradicting the French philosopher and historian–. Now, as Albert Einstein wisely pointed out (as Lincoln Barnett, former editor of Life, paraphrased), “common sense, in reality, is nothing more than a repository of prejudices established in the mind before the age of eighteen.”

What the majority thinks and does plays a crucial role in what one considers correct. As absurd or dangerous as it is. And, in this sense, there is no awareness of the risk and danger that the digital society entails. We give our data to large corporations, without thinking about it, but we are worried about Pegasus because we have heard that if the mobile phone heats up, the battery runs out or there is a lot of data traffic, they can be spying on us. Is your data really worth the more than €250,000 that each infection costs? No, you are not their target. But yes that of other dangers that swarm the Net. Be careful, have your own sense and change the color of your glass.

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