We live in the age of Data. Content is created and shared in unprecetended volume by people, for people, across all domains of human affairs. Even politics has become in some part subject for social media influence.
In a very fast-paced progress in AI and ML, embedded in all major products and networks we use online, we are definitely losing control or at least the sends of it over what of our interactions or utterances we want to keep private and local vs. what goes public and can never be taken offline ever again.
Privacy laws, tools and mindset is of a great importance. We have to upgrade our habits, policies and cultures to put us back in a matched position to the power those products and networks have through advanced Big Data, AI and ML set of tools.
It is not that privacy is inherintly essential to the functioning of our socieites and as individuals in them, nor that it has any specific fundamental role to play in our very existence in complex “intelligent” cultures.
Rather, it is the control that we are likely to lose, even if not entirely, over what information we would like to broadcast when, especially if the content of that broadcast is aimed at improving our well-being.
I think that the first step is to invest a lot more time in understanding privacy in the Data age we live in. We need to get the handle on it away from the giants of market monopoly and their algorithms, if we were ever to achieve the more difficult task of keeping that handle away from the more mighty AI networks and algorithms once they prevail at every interaction we make online.