This is the time of cyber-stalking. Right now, as you stare at your device with cameras enabled and network ports open, with speakers powered and WiFi on, as handheld devices crisscross a mesh of public networks with interfaces readied to connect, and the use of routers sharing bandwidth between Ethernet and wireless interfaces proliferates, this is the moment of stalking and lurking, this is the time of cyber-crime.
The conditions that make this moment perfect for cyber-crime are not limited to the proliferation of devices populating the Internet of Things (IoT) or the near-global access to the Internet. Those conditions are human, both in the individual and the institutional sense.
The human tendency to disparage concerns that are neither personal nor immediate is an immense factor in the fact of cyber-crime. We have lost sight of privacy, the experience of an individual, interior world so significant that is considered a human right. Each day we carry our active personal devices through the public square, with each time we bring our personal devices of communication onto the networks of public and private corporations, we sacrifice privacy—our own, others’, and that of the corporate entity—to convenience and trend.