#Mozilla begrudgingly implements tracking protection by default, after being shamed into it yet again by Safari, the DuckDuckGo browser, and Gnome Web (just the ones I know who implemented it first) and talks a good talk while still having Google as its default search engine and continuing to get hundreds of millions from Google/Alphabet, Inc. – the largest surveillance capitalist in the world. (Mozilla Corp is ~entirely funded by surveillance capitalism.)
@aral "...surveillance capitalism..." is such a creepy (and apt) term.
@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.