The Pew Research Center talked to 1,400 thinkers in the digerati and the experts ruled: The future online looks bleak. Predictions include government crackdowns on online freedoms, more surveillance, less trust, and big companies pushing little creators out of the picture. The report, called “Net Threats,” isn’t exactly beach reading. Here’s a snip of an article about it in the Washington Post:
Soon enough, almost all human activity and the Internet will be inextricable. My heartbeat, connected to a cloud-based health monitor, is content that welds the person and the machine. The video I watch is content, but so is where and how long I watched it, and what I did next.
If you’re getting it for free, you’re the product. And in the world of big data, our very actions are products to be bought and sold – and controlled. It’s maybe a little surprising that Phillip K. Dick and George Orwell weren’t included in the survey.