There are many truths on the Internet, most of which are up for discussion and debate. Some, however, are practically undeniable despite being very uncomfortable to admit, both for those who make their living through the Internet and for those who casually enjoy it.
One of those uncomfortable truths is that privacy in the digital age is not simply non-existent; it is practically impossible in its current definition. Of course, categorizing something as impossible or non-existent implies the same thing for its potential solutions and resolutions.
That, however, is not one of those truths. The notion that privacy will most likely have to be redefined to fit within the new concepts of the Internet era is more than plausible. But the idea that it should not exist in any shape or form is absurd.
One of the most interesting things about privacy in the digital age is that its advocators and supporters often come in unexpected ways. In this example, the programming language Jeeves could have far-reaching privacy implications in tech.
Most programming languages which are widely used today, even by major platforms who should be privacy-conscious, such as Facebook, treat issues like privacy and security as an afterthought rather than an innate part.
Jeeves, on the other hand, is built almost entirely on the idea that privacy should be an integral part of the programming process. As such, it makes accounting for such functions a breeze.
Jean Yang, Jeeves’ inventor, explains it in a simple way:
“In a Jeeves system, assuming the programmer sets things up right, private data such as photos would be attached to policies until the moment they are released. This guarantees that unauthorized viewers may not view a photo no matter what series of actions they took to arrive at a photo.”
In other words, Jeeves removes the need for constant human interaction with privacy-minded policies whilst programming, allowing its users to simply set those policies and forget about them as the nature of Jeeves will simply take care of everything else, making privacy a priority.
Without getting too much into the technical aspect of it all, what all this means is that Jeeves could potentially be the programming language of choice for those who would place privacy at the top of their list and not treat it as an annoyance or inconvenience.
Such actions are necessary if we are to ever have real conversations about privacy in our connected world. With so many people rightfully distrusting tech companies and even their governments when it comes to online and offline privacy, perhaps it is in the hands of individuals to fix the broken system instead.