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The more we use technology, the more information we provide to the people and organizations that own that technology. Some of that information may be willingly provided, while some of that information is a by-product of interacting with that technology – such as GPS tracking while using Google Maps or clicking on an advertisement on instagram.
As technology rapidly grows and becomes more integrated with our lives, data that may have been considered private or personal in the past, is now bought, sold, or traded by marketers, political campaigns, and other stakeholders. Many of them use algorithms and artificial intelligence to target and craft the messages they send—messages which may be legitimate and helpful, or false and harmful, or anywhere in between.
What effect does this tradeoff have on freedom of speech and democracy? And what, if anything, should be done about it?Download additional information here.