Ironically, Corporate Control Might Be the Only Way to Save Privacy

The new “Stop the Cyborgs” site fears “a future in which privacy is impossible and corporate control total.” But actually these two outcomes are probably mutually exclusive. Corporate control in the form of a single unified operating system would make enforcing privacy actually feasible. For example, if Google controlled the OS for all smart glasses then they ¬†would have the ability to enact privacy controls that could, for example, automatically blur the faces of people who don’t want to be recorded. But if there is vibrant competition among operating systems, and lots of viable open source alternatives, then the notion that any such controls could ever be enforced goes out the window.¬†Personally, if I had to choose between no privacy and corporate control, I would choose no privacy.

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