Giving up privacy in exchange for...
How did we get used to share information with the cloud
It is amazing how fast we get used to giving away our privacy in exchange for convenience, safety, curiosity, etc. 😄😲
Products that tap into the core human needs and desires can gather massive amounts of data that are traditionally hard to get. This data is also super attractive for mass surveillance.
Here’s a little cartoon I did a while ago but got the chance to finish it over the weekend:
There are two ways to read that comic. Did you try right to left? 😉
How did we get there? And what's the solution?
I really liked this comic strip. As any comic, I take it as a broad generalisation with a certain level of truth behind it.
I do believe in many cases the reason to track more and more user's data has been driven more by greed and commercial opportunities rather than governmental agencies. The real problem is that big tech companies and governmental agencies have exactly the same incentives: collecting more and more user's data.
Is there a solution? Everyone wants information (not wisdom) and knowing a lot of things is a status signal. There demand, hence the supply.