Today, technology companies promise us a seemingly genuine path towards social mobility. So they are more than happy to provide the public with free services in exchange for our data.
Initially, those services were limited to communication and search functions, but nowadays they increasingly include services that promise better healthcare (e.g. wearables), better education (e.g. MOOCs), better transportation (e.g. Uber) and even better and free connectivity for all (e.g. Internet.org).
But what are the moral, political, and social consequences of accepting this free bargain? And why are our existing governments so eager to go along with Silicon Valley’s plans? Evgeny Morozov addressed these issues this week in his Studium Generale lecture, which can you watch here.
Evgeny Morozov is studying the political and social implications of technology. He has published the following books: The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom and To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism. He is currently a senior editor at The New Republic.