ICP/BCM206: Blog Post 5: Week 6

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This weeks meme brought to you by:

iFeudals: big data, surveillance, permission control

What is the true cost of your online presence?

Are we truly free on the internet?

The answer to the first is: a lot more than you thought.
To the second: No.

Every week there seems to be a new fight to keep our internet “free”. ISPs are always looking for new ways to block, censor, monitor and control the content we share.

Sharing isn’t free. Sharing is piracy. Sharing is illegal.

The internet was once a utopia of information, where people would connect directly with each other. Cut out the middle man.

Now feudalism is re-emerging with digital empires maintaining the illusion of our freedom in exchange for policing us and getting their tithes in the form of our personal data to sell to other companies.

As the saying goes, if you’re using a service for free – you are the product.

 

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