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Vahid is an Activist fighting for ethics in the high tech industry. PathSource caught up with him as he and his group protested at a high tech conference in San Francisco. Vahid talks about why he's protesting and what a day looks like for him running this campaign. He says he's been in the high tech industry for two decades and that this is his passion. He also shares what he's learned about what high tech firms are doing with people's personal data. Plus, he provides advice for those thinking of becoming activist for a cause.

Job Title: Technology Executive

Job Summary: Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Computer Network Architects

Job Description

Information security analysts, web developers, and computer network architects all use information technology (IT) to advance their organization's goals. Security analysts ensure a firm's information stays safe from cyberattacks. Web developers create websites to help firms have a public face. Computer network architects create the internal networks all workers within organizations use.

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Additional Info

Employment of information security analysts, web developers, and computer network architects is projected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects for all three occupations should be favorable.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$45,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Remote, Home, Indoor, Office, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Creativity, Organizational skills, Problem solving skills, Teamwork, Detail oriented, Mathematical skills, Technical skills, Written communication skills

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m='14050'>well</span> <span m='14230'>as</span> <span m='14350'>the</span> <span m='14420'>bad</span> <span m='14700'>ones.</span> </p><p><span m='15480'>In</span> <span m='15620'>this</span> <span m='15820'>campaign,</span> <span m='16340'>we</span> <span m='16420'>produce</span> <span m='16750'>a</span> <span m='16800'>lot</span> <span m='17010'>of</span> <span m='17090'>content,</span> <span m='17600'>a</span> <span m='17670'>lot</span> <span m='17870'>of</span> <span m='17990'>videos.</span> <span m='19100'>We're</span> <span m='19460'>getting a</span> <span m='19820'>message out</span> <span m='20650'>using</span> <span m='20900'>social</span> <span m='21270'>media</span> <span m='22450'>for</span> <span m='22530'>people</span> <span m='22740'>to</span> <span m='22870'>know</span> <span m='23020'>that</span> <span m='23410'>their</span> <span m='23660'>fourth</span> <span m='23890'>amendment</span> <span m='24260'>rights</span> <span m='24630'>are</span> <span 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m='40460'>what</span> <span m='40590'>we have</span> <span m='40810'>learned</span> <span m='41190'>is a</span> <span m='41250'>lot</span> <span m='41440'>of</span> <span m='41490'>people</span> <span m='41690'>are</span> <span m='41810'>concerned</span> <span m='42850'>about</span> <span m='43170'>their</span> <span m='43300'>privacy</span> <span m='43940'>around</span> <span m='44240'>their</span> <span m='44400'>data</span> <span m='44870'>rights.</span> </p><p><span m='45540'>And</span> <span m='45800'>actually,</span> <span m='46310'>the</span> <span m='46400'>Europeans</span> <span m='47630'>are</span> <span m='47800'>using</span> <span m='48350'>this</span> <span m='49030'>to</span> <span m='49140'>migrate</span> <span m='50030'>US</span> <span m='50390'>companies'</span> <span m='50900'>infrastructure</span> <span m='51660'>to</span> <span m='51820'>Europe,</span> <span m='52640'>because</span> <span m='52840'>they're</span> <span m='52970'>painting</span> <span 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m='65360'>protection</span> <span m='66220'>when</span> <span m='66420'>it</span> <span m='66500'>comes</span> <span m='66730'>to</span> <span m='66850'>our</span> <span m='66960'>data.</span> </p><p><span m='67650'>Advice</span> <span m='68000'>that</span> <span m='68140'>I</span> <span m='68260'>have</span> <span m='68770'>is</span> <span m='69180'>find</span> <span m='69460'>your</span> <span m='69600'>passion.</span> <span m='70650'>Follow it</span> <span m='71090'>thoroughly.</span> <span m='71760'>Become</span> <span m='72060'>an</span> <span m='72160'>expert</span> <span m='72660'>in</span> <span m='72850'>what</span> <span m='73010'>it</span> <span m='73130'>is</span> <span m='73440'>that</span> <span m='74080'>you</span> <span m='74230'>want</span> <span m='74430'>to</span> <span m='74500'>promote.</span> <span m='75340'>And</span> <span m='76640'>get</span> <span m='76800'>out</span> <span m='76970'>there</span> <span m='77170'>and</span> <span m='77660'>speak</span> <span 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