@sil I really liked your use of the Sherlock clip to illustrate cumulative collection and the social aversion to the topic in general. Well done
What can we do?
Educate and align oneself. Perhaps of most interest to this audience would be the EFF (deep links collection is awesome!), the GNUnet, and prismbreak.
Obviously, I don’t think this is exclusively a technological issue though. It effects everyone, it’s a social issue (as is all software is really, but related to our privacy even moreso). There are many Christian groups, etc. etc. already standing up to big data and of course there is a wealth of information out there if one were to look. One of the most active privacy advocates is Dr.Katherine Albrecht and her twitter is here if you care to take a quick poke about because it acts almost like a central hub of the movement. I think it’s awesome that the community that can make the tools that can enable abuse are examining that now. Thanks @WarrenHill and @sil for starting the conversation here
What do I do personally? Well, regarding the “gubment” aspect of privacy, I’ve already given up a lot voluntarily in exchange for CSIS clearances to increase my earning potential years ago…and that’s all I’m going to say about that. I’m actually far more concerned about corporations and what they build on me/my personally identifiable information (one of the sobering topics people’ll discover as they look into this is that of ‘redlining’ and other ways PII is abused) which is why I lie on a survey service. Of course, getting paid for giving up “my” data helps but I find the value is more in the peppering effect I’m able to achieve. Does big data still know I have a serious diet pepsi sour keys candy problem? Yup. But they also have indicators that I’m also a normal responsible adult in other ways (HA!). Honestly, I don’t know if this social engineering is actually helping my ‘profile’, but hey, free amazon gift cards and if I’m gonna ‘whore’ my data anyhow (knowingly or unknowingly), I might as well be a ‘high class call girl’ In a strange way, it’s made me even more privacy conscious. What used to give me an odd unsettling feeling now prompts indignation that a website, etc. would request my information without even offering to pay me. I also don’t social media with the exception of here and reddit. That’s more of a personal thing though. I see most social media as nothing more than long form texting. I HATE texting! (… and I really don’t know why, I just do). Apart from directing my purchases/consumer behaviour when I can to favour privacy conscious companies (i.e. purism, startpage, etc.) and supporting the organizations who advocate for us, that’s about all I do personally. Not much I’m afraid I should work on that.
Again, I think the crux of this issue is social, but technologically I think decentralization (federation, etc.)is key. Here’s Chris Webber to explain a bit further why centralization sucks while living out a super hero narration fantasy and promoting GNUmediagoblin