As we speak one of many loudest speaking factors globally is round privateness of knowledge, slightly round lack of it. Each day, roughly 2.5 quintillion bytes of knowledge will get generated by the Web customers collectively. Is all of this knowledge non-public? The place is it saved? And in the end, who owns this knowledge?   

These are questions that the world is waking as much as. And the sluggish realisation that the majority this digital knowledge generated by non-public web customers around the globe is owned by simply four to five massive firms is startling everybody

That is the results of all of the know-how improvements that occurred within the first decade of this millennium, that’s, between 2000 and 2009. There have been large know-how improvements on the planet on this interval and numerous progressive organisations have been born, equivalent to Google, Amazon, Airbnb, Fb, Twitter, and so on. These firms offered efficient and prompt options equivalent to quick access to info, means to socially networking on-line and prompt communication at massive, and consequently, they’re being utilized by just a few billion individuals around the globe. 

Nonetheless, the assemble of those improvements is such that the possession of digital knowledge being generated by these billions of individuals will get consolidated on the platforms offered by these few massive firms. In consolidation lay the risks of knowledge misuse, breach and theft which more and more grew to become commonplace within the subsequent decade – from 2010 to 2019. 

That present decade which is now coming to an finish in 2019 has additionally seen the world waking as much as the truth that the power of those massive firms to retailer, entry and analyse non-public digital knowledge of the plenty has reached harmful proportions. Their understanding of billions of individuals’s preferences, relationships, likes, dislikes, prejudices and leanings, and so on has advanced them from mere digital platforms into a robust place of shaping social views and influencing nationwide occasions of humanity at massive. A cyber-attack on the safety programs of those firms additionally jeopardises the information of hundreds of thousands of personal people in a single go. 

There are makes an attempt being made in direction of creating privateness of private knowledge – equivalent to GDPR of Europe, CCPA of California, PDPA of Singapore, and so on. However these options lie inside the present possession construction of the web the place the entry and management of the big quantity of knowledge proceed to stay within the fingers of some massive firms, leading to these options being ineffective or sub-par. Possession and entry proceed to stay massively consolidated. 

As Marx had espoused the redistribution of the possession of technique of manufacturing within the 19th century, we now want a brand new Marx to propagate the thought of redistribution of the possession of digital knowledge on this 21st century. Solely this can create an efficient resolution to the essential difficulty of privateness of knowledge. 

Within the subsequent decade starting in 2020, there’ll come an actual know-how innovation that may result in non-public and particular person possession of house and knowledge on the web – an progressive idea that doesn’t exist immediately. 

As is the case within the bodily world the place an individual who owns a home or a automobile or perhaps a cell phone has full possession and entry rights over it, know-how innovation is because of bringing in the same idea within the digital world. Such a tech revolution within the on-line world will allow individuals to get rid of dependence on massive organisations for storing their knowledge. 

The difficulty of digital privateness will likely be solved by fixing the difficulty of knowledge possession on the web. 

(Views expressed above are the private views of the creator and don’t replicate the views of ZMCL)



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