I've been thinking about this a lot during the last year or so.
Today, we function as a society by communicating primarily through electronic means; cell, text, FB, twitter, etc.
15-20 years ago, we had numerous companies vying their way to become a leader in communication by switching from analog to digital cellphone
While they were fighting, Facebook crept in with a platform that provided 10x the amount of information and it was/is all centrally located on their
Today we have offshoot social media platforms(from twitter to grindr), but there are no viable contenders for how we communicate online -facebook.
We can't visit a website without being tracked by Google or FB or any other online conglomerate.
While I believe in the free market and capitalism, I know we are at a turning point in our ability as a populace to control those markets(or any group
that requires individuals to determine the outcome -political, religious, social, even scientific) because our insight on topics we are passionate
about are overshadowed by targeted ads and articles that suite our preferences.
IMHO, we are on the cliff of digital freedom. While companies like Apple publicize that they won't open a backdoor for the goverment, they've
already opened it for themselves -and capitalized on it by the ability to sell information.
And shutting off your phones and disconnecting from the internet is still futile. If you walk into a Lowe's store, your face can still be scanned to
identify potential "shoplifters".
In some stores, we may use facial recognition technologies to identify known shoplifters. Specifically, we may use specialized cameras to scan the
faces of persons entering the facility and create a unique set of data points.
How many other stores do you think are collecting this kind of information?
Since the early 2010's companies have been tracking your movements throughout their stores via wifi:
If they can track your movements in a store, identify your facial features, remember the items you purchased, and transfer that information about you
to third parties (for cash)so they also know.....only to compare it to your vast online social media history, what personal freedom do you have?
NONE. They remember more about your past than you ever will.
And all the major corporations and goverment alphabet agencies have record of your movements, down to the second.
How long until one of those controls all information? It's inevitable and it's too late for the populace to fight back right now. Only individuals
themselves can realize they are never without the option of freedom if they choose it. Albeit, social sacrifices.