5 min read · 2019-10-15 · The US, UK and Australia are taking on Facebook in a bid to undermine the only method that protects our personal information, says US surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden
4 min read · Feb 19th · It’s just a concept . . . but boy could we use something this simple to manage our privacy.
Because sometimes, there actually are benefits to having your data shared! It’s helpful for cities to understand how many people walk on a certain block every day, so they know where to invest in infrastructure. It’s helpful for a store to know your shopping history so it can make future suggestions. And Ficklin—a highly optimistic capitalist—suggests that there are all sorts of untapped possibilities once our data is something that we can barter, rather than something we sign away in perpetuity each time we go online or step into public. That’s why the Me.Ring actually seems more out of reach in terms of the necessary laws than the necessary technologies. The government would need to introduce a whole scaffolding of policies on the collection and ownership of personal data, and thus far, the U.S. has failed to regulate private companies with any serious baseline of consumer protections