…like a fledgling town rising above the influx of dangerous characters to elect a sheriff with a quick gun, we too must protect ourselves…

I love westerns. I can’t fully explain it, but place a bunch of cowboys on a screen and I’m drawn in like a moth to a flame. Just the other day I spent 2 hours of holiday break watching one of the most mediocre films I’ve ever seen—an Adam Sandler Netflix original. But it had cowboys, so I watched.

It seems there is something about the wild west wrapped up in the American cultural psyche. Maybe it’s the dangerous adventure of it all. Maybe it’s the good vs. evil battle of wills. Maybe it’s witnessing a significant time in our nation’s development.

Maybe it’s just Wyatt Earp? It’s probably just Wyatt Earp.

Sometimes I think we have our own wild west: the digital age. The parallels surround us. Like the west, the internet is both dangerous as well as prosperous and necessary for continued growth. There are scammers and robbers (also known as hackers or Black Hats) as well as brave people (white hats) doing good and important work. And then there are a whole bunch of us who don’t quite know what we are getting ourselves into but are drawn in by the potential of it all.

Like the west, the internet and all it’s many parts don’t have a cohesive set of rules we’ve all agreed to live by. How could it? It’s still so new. It needs more time to develop and grow. We need more time to determine how it will be helpful and engage discourse on freedom vs. safety in the digital age.

The problem is that there still a lot to lose during this transition period. Our livelihoods and identities are at stake.

So, like a fledgling town rising above the influx of dangerous characters to elect a sheriff with a quick gun, we too must protect ourselves. Not because the internet is bad, but because there is still so much we don’t know.

We have to accept we are adventurers in a new world. One that can add much to our lives, but also has the capacity to take away. This doesn’t mean we have to be afraid or rigid, but it does mean we should be proactive in the way we protect ourselves.

This is why Hueya was created: to empower you to protect your social world.

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