@basi It sure is (https://2018.ar.al/notes/the-nature-of-the-self-in-the-digital-age/) and we can do infinitely better (https://2018.ar.al/notes/encouraging-individual-sovereignty-and-a-healthy-commons/) :)
TL; DR: Here’s a short interview I gave on the subject recently: https://ar.al/2018/08/29/extended-codice-interview-with-rai-1/
@aral I'm reading the pieces you linked. It occurs to me that granting individuals property rights in their personal data might make a decent start. It looks a lot like copyright, but for personal data. At present, that data is only protected (weakly) by flawed "privacy" legislation. Assigning property rights (and therefore value) to it seems like an elegant way to return agency to individuals.
@aral Your approach seems to be sort of the reverse. Outlaw the use of data as property. I worry that just shifts the control to another centralised power, rather than back to the individual.
@basi My central thesis – and my understanding of modern technology as someone who’s been coding since age 7 – is that we are sharded beings; that aspects of our selves are digital/networked. And I’m opposed to property rights being applied to any aspect of people. That's how we lose personhold and revert to our historic state of being considered property. Personhood & individual sovereignty are rather modern concepts – I’d hate to see them backdoored due to digital illiteracy.
@aral Well, I respect the perspective. It's a daunting topic.