Data, data, data!
Of course, data itself is not the problem. The problem is how it is increasingly
being gathered, exploited, traded, used, shared and – unfortunately – given away.
Nowadays, chances are that someone will have sold our mind
– its content that is – before we have a chance to lose it.
I’m not a native speaker, but “sharing with“ isn’t the
same thing as “turning over to“, or is it?
Speaking of “sharing“, it goes without saying that it existed in the “good old days“ too.
But as far as I can remember, it used to be more personal and valuable.
And it involved a lot more trust than it does nowadays.
For example, we didn’t just lend our highly cherished vinyl LP’s to everyone.
First, we made sure that we could trust the person and her record player of course.
And have we forgotten that a cheap deal is not necessarily a good deal?
“Pay me well, but let me buy cheap“ just doesn’t work, especially in a globalized world.
Furthermore, money isn’t the only medium of exchange anymore, so is data.
That shouldn’t be so difficult to understand. It’s funny, but when I was writing this,
I had to think of my grandfather. He used to say “If it’s cheap, it can’t be any good“.
Have we also forgotten that a free deal is an illusion?
If the Roman poet Virgil were alive today, he’d probably exclaim
“I fear geeks (without the “r“), even those bearing gifts“.
It seems that the proposition “for free“ has always
magically incapacitated our ability to think clearly.
Haven’t you ever wondered what would happen, if zero price met zero tolerance?
The business model would be kaput.
While we are very slowly starting to realize that our personal data is a valuable currency,
we remain rather clueless about a fair exchange rate. Not only that, but there is no
central authority, something like the Fed or any other Central Bank,
issuing or controlling the supply of this new currency either.
To be continued …