As more and more corporations and governments collect and analyze ever increasing amounts of data about our lives and our activities, it’s appealing to react by creating more privacy-related legislation or arrangements that pay individuals for use of their personal data sets. Instead, this article by Evgeny Morozov (the author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom) suggests that what is needed is a civic-minded response, because democracy is at risk.
Basically our conundrum is this: As larger numbers of individuals get their news and information from personalized feeds similar to Facebook and Google, the more important content becomes obscured. In this environment of information blitzkrieg that we live in, content about issues like economic crash, energy crises, food security or human rights will be overrun by stupid celebrity news reels, non-sensical viral videos, and other techno-garbage. Breaking out of the filter bubble is key to staying in touch with our common problems and defining applicable solutions. See the the hyperlink below for a more illustrative definition of the filter bubble. Hopefully you’ll recognize the negative impacts of it, and decide to consciously break out!