I think most people carry on happily with their lives but only when something goes wrong do we sit up and take notices about the issues that surround our lives. This is never more true than when we see convenience ease of use and free services online and via our smart phone devices. The underlying truth of the situation is very concerning for anyone who cares about their privacy, liberty, independence and digital human rights. I personally do not mind sharing information about myself but I expect to do it with my full consent and transparently be able to review who has what and why. Two films shown below will explain exactly why that is not the case today and that if we do not address these issues we may lose something more valuable than our personal data.
Aral Balkan gave a powerful presentation (Digital Feudalism and how to avoid it – a tale of indie data) at a recent conference covering not only this danger we all face but also why open source software design needs to step up to the plate if it is to contribute to the prevention of the take over of our lives by the small number of large corporates who are capturing our lives and mining by the sleight of hand of free services. The first presentation is an hour long, start at about 5minutes 40 seconds to avoid the preamble
There was a film recently called terms and conditions may apply which frankly exposes the great deception that is underway that most of us are blindly falling into, in short the misuse and mining of our lives and personal data in what is being termed by Aral Balkan as digital feudalism. The trailer for the film terms and conditions may apply is below, the movie can be rented on itunes or purchased which is ironic for reasons that will become obvious
If you care about your liberty, right to choose and privacy i urge you to care about these issues before you