You can continue the conversation about “Do Not Track” where we started it and/or here, that’s totally up to you. But I wanted to post a new thread first to remind you to make sure you finish up the series– there is a good “episode” about mobile devices in the middle, and also the last one about the “future” of privacy.
I also wanted to share a couple of related links here. First, in the “in the news” category of things:
“Police Use Surveillance Tool to Scan Social Media, ACLU Says” is a New York Times story from a couple weeks back. Basically, the same companies that are tracking us for the purposes of advertising and to otherwise sell us junk are now marketing their tracking software/capabilities to police departments and other agencies so they can “mine” the data of social media to track (potential?) criminals. That’s creepy.
And then there’s this:
This is an episode of the NPR interview show Fresh Air with a story relevant here. To quote from the web site:
Author and law professor Tim Wu says much of the “free” content on the web comes at a price to users, who are subjected to ads that are targeted specifically at them and increasingly hard to ignore. His new book is ‘The Attention Merchants.’
I heard part of this interview and he makes a good point about how we’ve made kind of a “bad deal” in deciding that the way we’re going to pay for all of this internet stuff is by allowing ourselves to be tracked and advertised at all the time.
My personal reaction/feelings about “Do Not Track” are “well, be aware that there’s not a lot of privacy online anywhere.” But if you reaction is a little stronger and you are thinking “hey, I need to stop these things from tracking me,” you might want to explore some of the different tools out there that can help protect your privacy. For example, https://disconnect.me/ (which is one of the sponsors of “Do Not Track”) is a service for this, but there are a ton of others.
And hey, if you really want to unplug for a while, maybe it’s worth taking a look at this advice from Gwyneth Paltrow’s “lifestyle” web site Goop: http://goop.com/digital-detox-at-every-age/