Well, first, I don’t think it’s ignorant to think we can’t stop it. I’m not convinced we can’t just because it’s common….
You can’t stop it because people want it. They don’t like “government” doing it, but they are all for “free” services in exchange for data. People love Google. People love Pandora. People love Facebook.
As they say, the market is what the market is. The market is willing to exchange private data for these services. I’m just advocating for the ability to break the “all or nothing” cost of these services and let’s start spending our data wisely.
I think my opinions on ‘surveillance’ has evolved over the last few months.
I no longer think it’s possible to fight the implementation of surveillance, data mining, cctv, etc. I think that these forces are beyond fighting, they are already in place. From cameras at the liquor store to GPS data on your phone to meta data captured by cookies in a search engine or your favorite online store all the way down to the NSA and the evils that they participate in.
Everyone is monitoring you, at various degrees and for various purposes. You’re not going to convince them to stop. Not at this point. It’s ignorant to think we can.
What we can do, however, is concentrate our efforts on building defenses. If you can’t destroy the enemy, learn how to isolate them. We can use encryption, shield ourselves and our information, learn who is collecting what and limit it to only what we want to share.
Our information is a currency. Websites and apps exchange goods and services with us for the right to collect that data, yet we never really have control over how much we pay them and with what information.
I’ve read that our private data is worth about $500 worth of revenue a year to Google. Why not have the ability to opt out and pay Google? Or partially pay with a mixture of money and data (bitcoin and data, for you crypto-anarchists). Wouldn’t that be ideal?
Depending on how you view the world, society has either already won or lost the war for surveillance. Perhaps we can get something in return during the peace negotiations.
If companies and people are going to collect your private data and you’re willing to give your private data, let’s start by putting a price on things and selling what we want to be public and shielding what we don’t want to be public.
Your information would essentially be money in the bank. You can set prices on different levels or amounts of information. You can choose to pay a certain price for an item or turn it down. But you will always know what information you’re giving out to what site.
For example, you log into Gmail with your Info Account and Gmail requests a payment of your last month of shopping history (or an equal value worth of data). You can either agree or turn it down, but you always know what information they want and what information they will have.
If this already exists, point me in the right direction, if not, let’s build it.
How hard can it be to develop the first human-based currency?