I belong to an organization of about 260,000 members called Toastmasters International. Its core values include “integrity, dedication to excellence, service to the member, and respect for the individual. ” That’s pretty heady and idealistic stuff when you export it to countries where there is current protest that respect for all individuals is not an ongoing part of political dialog. And there are calls for democracy.
My last blog noted that there were there was only one (1) Toastmasters club in Tunisia, one (1) club in Egypt, no clubs in Libya, 60 clubs in Bahrain and no clubs in Syria. There are no clubs in Yemen, Pakistan or Afghanistan. There are people in each and every one of those countries that not only do not wish Americans well but also who are highly motivated to damage or destroy a part of American lifestyle that has facilitated the growth of democracy: the very high tech which a younger and more sophisticated generation in those countries has been using to bring about revolution. And there are those who would use that technology against all things American.
The death of Osama bin Laden this past Sunday did not play in Islamabad the way it played in New York, Shanksville or Washington. There are Internet-enabled people in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan—and even in the USA—who are also motivated to do damage to users they do not even know. That does mean you and me.
So I looked at the single largest website I visit regularly and wondered what can be done that will make my connection with FaceBook more secure. So here it is:
Go to Account/Account Settings/Account Security.
Click in the Secure Browsing (https) box.
You will be prompted for a computer name.
Create a short name and save your settings. You are done.
So fellow Toastmasters and friends, remember that just because the televised reports you watch in American mainstream media say that people in the streets of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Syria, Yemen or other countries are looking for a more democratic way of life that does not necessarily mean democracy as you understand it…and does not necessarily mean all those folks are suddenly your friends.