The proximate reasons for the culture of total surveillance are clear.
Storage is cheap enough that we can keep everything.
Computers are fast enough to examine this information, both in real time and retrospectively.
Our daily activities are mediated with software that can easily be configured to record and report everything it sees upstream.
But to fix surveillance, we have to address the underlying reasons that it exists. These are no mystery either.
State surveillance is driven by fear.
And corporate surveillance is driven by money.
Source: Idle Words
The quote above is from a talk given by Maciej Ceglowski to the Fremtidens Internet Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. I thank my friend Daniel Brandt for the link. The whole talk is important and highly recommended.
It is about how advertisers destroyed on-line privacy and then found themselves swindled by robots and how Silicon Valley thinks it can change the world without bothering about San Francisco.
Also, six fixes that Ceglowski thinks could restore on-line privacy.
What Happens Next Will Amaze You by Maciej Ceglowski.