Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The web set you free. But now it's after you...

Computers are technologies of liberation, but they're also technologies of control. It's great that everyone is empowered to write blogs, upload videos to YouTube, and promote themselves on Facebook. But as as personal data becomes more exposed and data-mining software grows in sophistication the interests of control will gain the upper hand. If you're looking to monitor and manipulate people, you couldn't design a better machine

Robert Scoble on Facebook? Nope, it's Nicholas Carr, technology expert and one-time executive editor of Harvard Business Review. Provocative stuff from an interview in Wired.

(If you missed the Scoble/Facebook reference go here.)

Nathan Midgley, web producer, Travel Weekly

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