Data States

This article encapsulates a lot of the themes I raised during my presentation on privacy – particularly in the sense of shifting our understanding of tech giants, from mere service/efficiency providers to something more. The author suggests that ‘something more’ is to view these tech giants as Data States. And I think this quote relates that view to what I described as Lessig’s view nicely:

“The Data States have a choice – they can continue to play games with our data. Or they can work with us – Internet users and technology innovators – to create a Web that is social, collaborative and encourages communication, without locking users into services that hold their data hostage.”


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