FREE BIG DATA
There is a basic principle who all of us will agree to:
-We should have Full Privacy by Default in our applications because Data can only be valued as really Free and Personal if everyone has the primary right of not sharing it at all. But if anyone wants to make it public, or donate it to some pool, (s)he should be able to do it, and you are free to don’t talk to him-her because of that, since you don’t want to publicize your data through the interaction, and all this is perfectly fine (morally positive in all possible cases).
Some cypherpunks raise their concerns about BigData. But BigData is not the problem, BigData is the jewel, and we should care lots more about it. BigData is just a buzzword that points to a «a lot of data». The problem here is that the actual cases of where there is BigData (the pools who actually have «a lot of data») are pools where the data is extracted, manufactured and offered with opaque purposes of commercial adverstisement and social control. So BigData buzzword has already a bad reputation for trying to be defended as a positive thing.
But hey, as we do with many other things that get corrupted in life, let’s adjetivize it with «free», to showcase BigData positive cases.
Some people could even think that BigData can’t be positive at all, since it’s too Big, and we don’t need that Bigness for Data at all. The moral distinction between «a lot of» and «enough» ammount of data overall for a machine to manage is a very interesting topic to investigate, but it is not the point for now, since the free and flovy data pools we have now are not any big. So let’s postpone the taking of a which stand about how much of «a lot of data» should we wish to manage.
Other criticisms say that it will be morally fine if «just your friends should have have the data you upload and not the whole of the world«, but i would frame that stand in your freedom to be able to tune your data contributions this way, and not as a needed moral forcing to everyone having to do that. This could also be a perfect choice for everyone in a post FreeBigData scenario, but we shouldn’t be chauvinistic in this point today, since as said above, since we have very poor pools of Free Data, and more importantly, we shouldn’t be afraid of increasing people’s decission making options.
Personal data is something very cheap to produce, and if it will be better (more freely) managed and shared, that could bring us to very much independent scenarios, one of those is possibly the technological positive singularity, since when you could think your personality could last longer than your body with a YourChatbotOfYou you don’t fear death that much anymore, and also when meaningful human relationships increase (something Free BigData could help achieving), the power over from intermediary authorithies automatically decrease.
MyFlove wants to cute the relation we have with data, and the amazing achievements a more appropiate relation with it can do to us. We overally are not enough aware about how much richness can give us our data, and because of our unawareness, others get rich with our data and give you nothing but invasive commercial advertisements.
At Myflove we want to do a u-turn to this culture. We have been too careless about the importance that our personal data has for developing us a persons, community and society.
Noone at that time could expect what the printer caused to society. The same will happen with Free BigData. Imagine what could happen if facebook was to let you customize your river algorithms, having cross content categories with twitter, or giving you food per reading and commenting. We don’t need facebook leting us doing it anymore, we can do it by having your facebook dumped and crawled in-with MyFlove through its community of crawlers that are incentivated to develop crawling there because the user will get the more meaningful suggestions about relations, and never an invasive profit-based advertising.
For trying to pre-analise uthopical scenarios, we need sci-fi culture. Nowadays sci-fi is overfocused in disthopies, and uthopies in this line of thinking could clarify debates and save us lots of documentation efforts too. You can have a look at one explored example called Flove Army.