The phrase “if you are not the customer you are the product” attributed to Andrew Lewis has been bounced around the internet for a while now and is said to originate from the site MetaFilter. About a year ago I created a series of 4 1hour talks around the themes of Technologies, Languages and subjectivities, the first of which was based on the value of our digital identities. I used the quote from Andrew Lewis as a catalyst. One year later and so much has already changed I have decided to revisit these talks and update them.
The first update is a video I found the coffeetheory blog which was created by Michael Rigley. It has some very interesting facts about how our data is handled by internet service providers and what they are allowed to do with it.
I have also added a mention of Collusion – a browser plugin that informs the user which sites are sharing their information and who with as the user browses the internet.
I have also started to integrate some of the concepts mentioned with in the journal article:
Hesmondhalgh, D., 2010. User-generated content, free labour and the cultural industries. Ephemera: Theory and Politics in …, pp.267–284. Available at: http://www.ephemeraweb.org/journal/10-3/10-3hesmondhalgh.pdf [Accessed October 1, 2012].