The Classic Faustian Bargain Of New Intrusive Age Of Surveillance Capitalism


“The real psychological truth is this: If you’ve got nothing to hide, you are nothing.”

― Shoshana Zuboff, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism


What happens to our pics on social media and what does that have to do with the persecution of the Uighars in China? (Scrape, scrape, scrape…)

What is Pokémon Go really about? (Talk about child abuse.)

Who was really behind Google Earth? (One shouldn’t be too surprised.)

How much info do they really have about us? (Waaaay more than we volunteer.)

Can there be a hidden microphone in your new home security system that isn’t revealed in the owners manual? (Yep! No kidding.)

What is a ‘lure module’? (You fall for it repeatedly every day.) 

Is it true they can precisely anticipate our emotional state? (Yup)

What is ‘residual data’? (Rope + Gallows = Screwed)


vpro documentary (12/20/19)

Harvard professor Shoshana Zuboff wrote a monumental book about the new economic order that is alarming. “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” reveals how the biggest tech companies deal with our data. How do we regain control of our data? What is surveillance capitalism?

In this documentary, Zuboff takes the lid off Google and Facebook and reveals a merciless form of capitalism in which no natural resources, but the citizen itself, serves as a raw material. How can citizens regain control of their data?

It is 2000, and the crisis has caused deep wounds. How will startup Google survive the bursting of the internet bubble? Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin don’t know anymore how to turn the tide. By chance, Google discovers that the “residual data” that people leave behind in their searches on the internet is very precious and tradable.

This residual data can be used to predict the behavior of the internet user. Internet advertisements can, therefore, be used in a very targeted and effective way. A completely new business model is born: “surveillance capitalism.”

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  • Faustian Bargain — A pact — or deal — whereby a person trades something of supreme moral or spiritual importance, such as personal values or the soul, for some worldly or material benefit, such as knowledge, power, or riches. … Read The Rest