TROM Voices: Evgeny Morozov & Birgitta Jonsdottir – “Internet Data, the New Gold”

TROM Voices: Evgeny Morozov & Birgitta Jonsdottir – “Internet Data, the New Gold”

TROM Voices Internet Data,
The New Gold It’s data an asset? Can it
be privately owned? Is it okay for a company like Google to collect my data while
I’m using the service, then claim it as their own, and then basically derive all sorts of benefits,
including financial benefits, from that data. You know, when I used to
use the post office, I would have never thought that
the post office would ever claim ownership over the
contents of my letters. You have to understand what drive
those companies. Those companies are not really interested
in immediate payoffs. They’re only interested in
convincing their investors that they will keep on
growing indefinitely. So as the user growth slows down in
North America and Western Europe they have to convince the investors
and financial markets that they have the capacity to capture the markets in India, China Russia or Latin America and so forth. And the easiest way to convince the investors
is by basically striking this deal with telecom operators (in the case of Facebook
and the same also in the case of Google) to bring in more and more people on board, in the hopes of convincing the investors that once is people on board they also become
users of Facebook, Google and so forth. Facebook they consider themselves to be
the biggest community in the world. The biggest democracy because there are more
people on Facebook than in China or India. So what Facebook
did recently was… They offered something that was always
called “free-basics” in India. Free basic means that they want to give free
Internet to the poorest people in the India at a cost.
And the cost is that you have only access to what Facebook
wants you to have access to. It’s the complete opposite to net neutrality. And there was a massive
sort of protest against this and so what Facebook did to try to push it even further was
that they sent a message to all the Facebook users in India to urge
them to sign a petition for free basics. They were testing how far they could get away with it.
And they didn’t start with a small country, but the largest populated country in the world. And, you know, if there had not been some resistance towards this
and awareness building then they would have
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