I’ve been trying out a sequel to my 2011 28C3 talk, The Coming War on General Purpose Computation. I’ve given the talk twice now, once at DEFCON 20 in Las Vegas and once at the Long Now SALT talk in San Francisco. The Long Now folks have put up the audio already, with video to follow. I’m giving the talk again at Google on Monday and I’m guessing that the video will be live quickly (with the slides) and I’ll post that then.
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There’s a war going on between users and Internet companies. Unfortunately, it is a war where users can’t fight back. The battles of this war are fought whenever a user gives personal information to an Internet company to get a product or service. Cory Doctorow thinks this battle is unfair to users, but he does have suggestions on how users can take control of their personal data.
In some of these transactions, Internet companies do the analog equivalent of hiding the Terms of Service (TOS) under your chair. Facebook is a master of the practice of making it nearly impossible to know what you are getting when you share your information. Cory believes that the transition to digital cameras provides a good model to help this issue. They made us better photographers because we could see the results immediately. He suggests that bringing the TOS to the front of a transaction, could do the same for personal information.
To end this war, regulators are considering two solutions: "Do Not Track" and being able to pull your data on request. Both of these solutions have their problems. "Do Not Track" is easy for users to ignore and difficult to determine who is being tracked. Owning your personal data means giving up the web’s personalized results, which include more relevant information. Cory thinks that browsers can help control how personal information is used.
Cory Doctorow is a sci-fi author, hero of the open source and creative commons movements, and co-founder of boingboing.net.
In this exclusive event, Cory travels to Vivid Sydney from London to deliver a keynote on new challenges and frontiers for creators and consumers – asking us to question who we give our rights to - and how creators can best take advantage of a more connected world.
Following his keynote address, Cory joins anthropologist and Intel fellow Genevieve Bell, for a conversation exploring the future of culture, behaviour and technology, and why sharing and copying matters to makers.