Our future is based on digitization and cyberspace. Since the past couple of decades, nearly all our day-to-day interactions have been highly influenced by technology. This phenomenon has increased exponentially during the pandemic. From hosting meetings, managing database, publishing, creating and many more jobs are now done right from electronic devices. This manyfold increase has also created digital employment opportunities, although way below the number of jobs loses due to the pandemic.
While the internet has proved to be a boon to human life in multiple areas, social media remains to be a topic of contention. Facebook, Instagram and many other social media giants are banned in China, while Tiktok, a Chinese app, is used by the youth across almost every country. This shows that China may have been trying to have its own global social media dominance.
The people of India have been encouraged to boycott Chinese developed apps and the Indian Government has recently banned over two hundred such apps. The reason behind this is that these apps being considered to be prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of our nation. In retrospect, the reason for the delay in this decision and the inability to foresee this event by the people of India is now being questioned.
What does digitization have to do with China being the absolute power?
The answer to this is very simple. Money will cease to be the centre of power for the upcoming generations. Instead, processing power would be the strongest and most precious asset one will possess and in times like these, will subsequently bring the rise of Data Mining; the process of lending one’s computing power for bigger organizations for their processing, rendering and many more tasks. In this process, the individuals are rewarded by a point-system which in some cases can even be in cryptocurrency like Bitcoins.
The importance of installing an Anti-Virus these days is not only important to prevent a virus attack, but also removing malicious applications which secretly perform Data-Mining from the system, without permission and heavily slow down the systems. Many people in India do not recognize this slowness in their system because they are misinformed, do not use their system for long hours and consider their system being slow because it’s old. This can be highly detrimental to the people who are required to work on a system round-the-clock due to their need for proper processing power.
This proves that ‘Data Mining’ includes but is not limited to secret and malicious software. Apps in mobile devices can use the phone’s processing power, for its own purpose. While mobile devices have the weaker processing power, we cannot ignore the fact that a large number of individuals own a mobile device in India. A family of 4 in Urban India possesses more than 4 mobile devices on an average along with extra devices like tablets, AI, etc.
Experts in this field opine that lack of appropriate action on the part of the government of various countries and with amassing of information by this nation could lead China to the become the most powerful country in terms of digital future across the globe.
**The author is interning as Graphic Designer with KIIPS**