In one of our episodes, we have discussed one of the issues arising with the fast-paced technological progress nowadays, namely lack of privacy and increased surveillance. This is, of course, not the only disturbing phenomenon present today. There’s censorship, invasive advertisement, addictive design, radicalization, spreading of fake news, and disinformation, to name a few of them. But for now, let’s shift the focus towards solutions.
The following is the conversation with the creator of the first data union in the world, Reinier Tromp. Just like labor unions used collective power to pressure capitalist firms and governments to create better conditions for the workers, The Data Union aims at creating better conditions for data producers, aka internet users just like you and me.