I have a baby and spending so much time on Facebook or checking the phone screen makes me feel like a terrible parent. My daughter is intrigued by the screen too.
Faced with the might of surveillance capitalism, one’s first reaction might be to despair and declare the battle lost. But we’re not done yet. In fact, there’s a lot we can do to tame the surveillance beast, both at the personal and political levels.
Tech giants sell predictions about us. Incredibly accurate predictions.
Big technology companies are not particularly worried about the link tax. YouTube and Facebook are the only companies in the position to use upload filters and they could start selling them to other smaller European platforms.
Apart from privacy, the Safe City Malta project raises a number of issues that must be addressed by the Maltese authorities: Who will be storing the data? What will be done with the data? Who will be monitoring the data?
The duty of the state is to ensure that wellbeing of people and the environment are always prioritised before the profits of a handful—and the AI industry should be no exception.
There is an urgent need for resource-conserving, smart, emission-neutral production processes. But as the supply of steady employment weakens, a highly competitive labour market and a restricted welfare state would dismantle democratic achievements and enhance authoritarian trends.