Update: My entire Speechcraft 2011 experience can be found here.
SpeechCraft is an annual competition held by clubs endorsed by Toastmasters International. It builds public speaking and evaluation in people through a supportive and friendly environment. Below is an excerpt of my speech for the competition.
The time limit of this particular preliminary speech is within 2 to 3 minutes.
Eyes? What eyes?
How could eyes be friendly?
Now lets think about it ..
Clearly, it isn’t! However, there are eyes which seems just too friendly, it might be your friends, family and probably the most interesting topic which no one seems to nice about .. your online assets and information!
For years, privacy issues is a long debated topic, from stealing of personal information to credit numbers and monitoring and censoring of data and information. Transparency had always been something which the netizens are constantly fighting for and aware about.
With the recent spike of consumer technological advancements which was introduced in this decade, a cellular device is more than just a normal communications device, it had already involved into a broadcasting station, which is more like a loudhailer, yet many of us don’t really see it. Why?
Again, the rise of Social Media, a strategic shift from normal traditional media where one had always been stuck in the pools of traditional journalism. Social media had made every individual to be their own content owner and journalist. With this introduction, many users who had been using such services is already accustomed to share their lives to anyone and everyone freely.
Nevertheless, many people thought that services offered from corporations and organizations to consumers are really useful. One such service is location services, which is definitely something which many people are already using. However with the recent spit from Apple’s location services, this had set many users switching off their location services on their iOS devices, which had caused Apple to rectify the issue in their software update. A few days later, Google Location Services (On the mobile platform, Android), also sparked a genuine concern.
With so much buzz nowadays about location services, you are never sure which one is really free of any agenda.
More interestingly, Facebook, an online social media platform, had also been in the spat with it’s sharing of it’s humongous database of personal information of it’s users to 3rd party developers. Some of the most popular Facebook Applications had been collecting and selling user’s information, although they had already been suspended, the work had already been complete and this caused a huge privacy uproar on Facebook, which caused many users to think twice before sharing their information on the web again.
Is your personal devices just an ordinary plastic, or has it involved into something that you have not thought of?
With so many eyes staring in everywhere at you, haven’t you learned anything?