Arquivo para February 17th, 2014

Germany wants to protect data

17 Feb

SecurityIn her weekly podcast (posted video), the prime minister of Germany, Angela Merkel, said: “We will talk to France regarding how can we have a good level of data protection” and added: “above all, we´ll talk about suppliers that give security to our citizens, so we will not have to send emails and other information to the other side of the Atlantic”, she said about data surveillance.

Merkel noted that companies like Google and Facebook have their operations not only in countries with little data protection, but are still active in others, such as Germany, which has a high degree/grade of data protection.

In Germany, where there have already been periods of extreme vigilance, as in the time of the Nazism and also in the former GDR, the communist part of Germany, there is a great suspicion about data control and lots of worries concerning privacy, and may impose a privacy policy, making Google and Facebook respect the German law.

In France, Hollande‘s office confirmed that the idea has already been presented and France agrees with it.  “It is important that we take the initiative together”, said a French responsible quoted by Deutsche Welle.

The initiative will tend to expand to Europe, it is better than spreading a neurosis about data privacy, the governments are the ones who should take concrete action to protect its citizens and not to forbid or create disincentives to the use of these democratic means.


Virtual concept

17 Feb

PotenciaOther definitions were listed in scientific studies and researches of etymological origin, and find for virtual: it´s what exists as faculty but without exercise or effect/result, which does not exist as a reality, but as power or faculty, and still an important definition: what is likely to happen, potential and possible.

In the settings of Anglo-Saxon origin languages, an overview of definitions are possible similar to the previous settings: is what exists as faculty but without assignment or current effect/result, which does not exist as a reality but as power/potency, it is possible to perform as potential and possible.

You can even incorporate to virtual, present/current ontological concepts as: the one that is equivalent to the other, being able to play the role of these ones, in virtue or activity, in the meaning used in Portuguese and in the Anglo-Saxon root such as : something that exists in essence or effect/result, although not formally recognized and accepted as such, and although there are new ideas built up, with new meanings, it cannot escape its etymological origin, virtus and virtual, because it would be a confusion.

There were already some studies of these categories. We will get to know some significant contributions of contemporary scholars.

Among these authors I highlight three main references in my view: Gilles Deleuze (Difference and Repetition), Anthony Giddens (The consequences of modernity) and Pierre Levy (What is virtual).

Thus virtual is not equivalent to unreal, because it is possible in the sense of “being” in potency.