If You Think The Reason Internet Companies Snarf Up Your Data Is Because Their Services Are Free, Allow Me To Introduce You To The Telcos

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 04:00:57 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"It's been a few years since this kind of argument has come up, but it's
one that we've had to swat down a few times in the past: it's the
argument that somehow if a company offers a service for free, it means
that they'll absolutely snarf up all your data, and that requiring
services be paid for directly by users somehow would fix that. This is
easy to debunk in multiple directions and yet it still pops up here and


"There are plenty of reasonable questions to ask about the power and
position of Google and Facebook. And there are reasonable debates to be
had about antitrust and the impact of these services on the globe. But
tying “free” into the equation without any evidence that that’s the
problem (and, in fact, with tons of evidence to suggest “free” has
nothing to do with any of it) doesn’t seem particularly productive."

        *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net                   Andrew Pam
http://www.xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
http://www.glasswings.com.au/             Partner, Glass Wings
http://www.sericyb.com.au/                Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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