May 8, 2018

05/08/2018: Should we be getting paid for providing data?

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Facebook may be considering an ad-free subscription model that would let you pay to opt out of sharing your habits and personal information. But that raises the question: Why should we pay Facebook not to take our information…

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Should we be getting paid for providing data?

May 8, 2018
The data we generate daily could be seen as labor. "I do think people are starting to wake up to this," one researcher says.
A man reads a full-page advertisement, taken out by Mark Zuckerberg, the chairman and chief executive officer of Facebook to apologize for the large-scale leak of personal data from the social network on March 25, 2018.
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Facebook may be considering an ad-free subscription model that would let you pay to opt out of sharing your habits and personal information. But that raises the question: Why should we pay Facebook not to take our information instead of the other way around? A new book, called “Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society,” suggests that all of us are working as unpaid data laborers. Glen Weyl, one of the authors and a principal researcher at Microsoft, spoke about the topic with Marketplace’s Molly Wood.

 

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