I fear Big Brother!
I have been reluctant to share my personal data and to upload pictures of myself to social webservices because I know that facial recognition software will be able to track me on any image afterwards with far more accuracy than if I don’t… – I have started doing so anyway, not because I don’t believe it will be used for that exact purpose, but because the down side of me not having a profile image at the end became bigger than my paranoia for a future version of Big Brother being able to trace me from a high flying drone… The fact is he probably will anyway.
During the last year or so I have let go of my fear of the paranoia scenario and stopped thinking about what my data can be used for. I know my data will be used, but it will to be up to our society and our legislation to make sure it is not misused.
Of course I know that big corporations will have an interest in making money and try to track and control my behavior, the qustion is if it’s a fair trade we are offered for the service and infrastructure they provide.
I have come to the conclusion, that in order to survive in the information age we need the cloud – and especially social and workgroup services, we need to come out of the email paradigm and start to communicate in a more meaningful way. We need to learn and teach each other how to use the tools and how to evolve them.
One of the greatest achievements we can have from developing online tools and ways we act online is the way we will be able to provide cheap lifelong learning for everybody. But we need to be able to act without fear of having a history online that will be used against us. We evolve over time and having a history only mean that you have had a an opportunity to learn.
I want a world where it will be a bigger liability if we are not able to track a somebody’s history online and find and accept the entire diversity among our fellow cityzen , than discussing who inhaled or didn’t inhale what, persecuting what somebody said 15 years ago or not beeing able to get health insurance because we sought help online. I hope in the future nobody will have a clean record – and if they do, we won’t believe them.
While we evolve I am sure we have to fight for our digital human rights for equal treatment without discrimintion or distinction to logged data… – or something like that.
The network has tracked me, therefore I am.