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The internet has turned into something that, at a closer look, is actually maybe the most threatening technology to a free society. We have opened ourselves up so much that companies are literally understanding us in deeper ways than we understand ourselves. Google CEO Eric Schmidt, himself, said seven years ago, “We can more or less know what you’re thinking about”. Based on your identity (as tracked by signed-in accounts and persistent identifiers deliberately masked by the friendly term, “cookies”), websites are presenting themselves to you in ways significantly different than they are to others. Our news intake and our exposure to advertising has become designed by systems so sophisticated that without the utmost vigilance, we are literally becoming shaped by political and corporate interests we cannot detect. People have lost their own agency to direct their own lives. People are the products…
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