Darker, unequal, more controlled, yet hopeful: looking ahead to the Web of 2015
The Pew Research Internet Project published a new report this week, looking at privacy online. They surveyed a group of experts, thought leaders, innovators, and me for our thoughts. Overall it’s a sobering document, finding privacy on the wane, driven by governments, businesses, and user behavior.
Here’s their lead question:
Will policy makers and technology innovators create a secure, popularly accepted, and trusted privacy-rights infrastructure by 2025 that allows for business innovation and monetization while also offering individuals choices for protecting their personal information in easy-to-use formats?
And here’s my response:
“Too many state and business interests prevent this. Governments, from local to national, want to improve their dataveillance for all kinds of purposes: war fighting, crime detection, taxes, and basic intelligence about economics and the environment. Companies badly want data about customers, and some base their business models on that. I do not see this changing much.”
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