Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Gift of Facebook and Cambridge Analytica

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica topped the news last week. 
If you don't know what I'm referring to, check out CNN for more information. 
The issue surrounding sharing personal data online and the lack therein of privacy became a huge topic of discussion with the outcome of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal including several people deleting their Facebook accounts (based on the viral #deletefacebook hashtag on social media) and the stock value of Facebook significantly dropping. 

The entire situation reminded me of the "Big Brother" concept from the famous George Orwell novel, 1984, which depicts a dystopian society where the government controls and monitors the actions and movements of all its civilians through a system referred to as "Big Brother". 


There's good news.

There are people rejoicing as I write this post. 
There are people ready to claim their big break in the midst of this data safety chaos. 
They are the ones that will be in hot demand like never before -- by other companies and organizations that have seen what has happened to Facebook and will need to implement a swift risk management strategy to avoid this happening to them.

They are the "wise ones". 

The ones who had the foresight to get their degrees in fields such as cyber-security while others looked on and asked, "I wonder why he/she is wasting all that money getting a degree in such an odd course while there is medicine or engineering or law to pursue".

The ones who sought to be on the right side of the "solution" to a problem that people or companies (e.g. Facebook) did not know they would have. 

I'm really fond of such people. 

The "early adopters" as Seth Godin, author and business executive, would call them. The ones that look for the marginal career paths while others fight like "crabs in a barrel" for the popular, center-stage professional fields that are overcrowded with too many qualified candidates.

This Facebook fiasco has reminded me of two very important truths:

1. There is always more opportunity (career, financial, etc) in the uncharted territories where most are not willing to go.

2. The early adopters always get the biggest payouts in the end.

Cheers to journeying into uncharted territories and being courageous enough to be an early adopter :)
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  1. This article is quite informative for me. I usually don't watch CNN and have not had the time to read up the Facebook story.Thanks for this nice piece.

    1. You're wwelcome, Emmanuel -- glad this article has served as a reference source on the issue :)