Posts tagged with: “Surveillance Capitalism”
We are seeing more and more organisations starting to talk about ethical design. Unfortunately I suspect this has less to do with caring about the impact of unethical design on society, democracy and the environment, and more to do with organisations attempting to distance themselves from similar businesses who are finding it impossible to continue to disguise their toxicity.
I don’t necessarily agree with the conclusion of this article, ‘“Owning your data” will not save you from data capitalism’ but I think it makes a few particularly useful points:
- “Owning” your own data can imply the ability/desire to sell it. It shouldn’t.
- It’s not just information about us as individuals that is valuable, the connective and meta data conveying our relationships to others is arguably more valuable.
- Plenty of data about us can be inferred without data specifically about us (see above.)
- Consent is impossible when you do not know how your data can be used against you.
Perhaps saying “owning and controlling your own data” (a phrase we use a lot at Ind.ie) is misleading. We use it because, right now, corporations do own and control data about us, and so it makes sense that the inverse is that we (individuals) own and control that data. Maybe the emphasis should be on control. Maybe there are better words.
On Saturday evening, I had a lovely chat with Jenell Pizarro, Brian Hinton and Frederick Philip Von Weiss for their Thunder Nerds podcast. You can watch the video or listen to the audio on the Thunder Nerds site.
In February, there were two podcasts released featuring interviews with me! Both focused on ethical design and privacy. CodeNewbie CodeNewbie Season 3 Episode 4: What should developers know about online privacy? with Laura Kalbag CodeNewbie is a fantastic podcast by Saron Yitbarek featuring interviews that introduce topics to people who are new to coding. You can find the podcast on the CodeNewbie site along with a full transcript. One note is that I am continually muddling up the GDPR acronym, calling the GDPR the “General Directive Privacy Regulation” when it is actually “General Data Protection Regulation.