LogicLounge with Cory Doctorow: Surveillance Capitalism is not Rogue
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Working as Intended: Surveillance Capitalism is not a Rogue Capitalism
The "surveillance capitalism" thesis holds that companies spy because data lets them conduct devastatingly effective influence operations while racing past regulators who might otherwise rein in their operations.
Cory Doctorow believes this gives undue credence to Big Tech's sales literature -- the source of the claims about the power of behavioral advertising to influence behavior -- while underplaying the role that monopoly and state surveillance play in both the decay of public discourse and governmental complacency when it comes to corporate surveillance.
However, what if Big Tech's ability to command billions for ads have more to do with cornering markets and eking out marginal gains through targeting, with stale data being largely useless for commercial purposes -- but still full of juicy kompromat for greedy state surveillance agencies?
There seems to be a knowledge gap between technologists, CEOs, and the politicians who should enact surveillance or antitrust policy reforms. To what extent do the free-range BigTech monopolies influence the innovation ecosystem, democracy, personal freedoms, and sense of community? Taking into account growing usage of data-saturated services, is it possible to remain private in public? What are some ways that computer scientists, tech professionals or civil society could be helpful in achieving policy reform?
This is a free virtual public talk, with live Q&A session, part of the LogicLounge series of public discussions made available by the 32nd CAV 2020.
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