Consent is Loss

There are some things in the world we would not consent to.

Not because we don’t want to. But because we lose too much from it.

Would you consent for someone to dress you? No, because s/he would see you naked. Would you consent for someone to feed you a meal? No, because you you can probably do it yourself.

In the real world, consent to do something to or for someone (a service) is only invoked when that someone can’t do it himself/herself. When we get old and lose our ability to help ourselves, only then would we allow for someone else to do it for us and we consent for them to do that.

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Michael Lakeland
The nation of the Internet (2): Stop fighting for privacy. Start fighting for economic power.

The Internet is a rather strange nation, and quite different from what we are used to.

For one, in this Internet nation where the digital persona is citizen, almost all Internet services are commercial, so the moment we step into the connected digital world we are consuming a service that is provided by an organisation. It’s sort of like when you walk out the door, you need to pay toll for all the sidewalks, roads, parks and corners. whether it’s payment by money or data.

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Michael Lakeland
The nation of the Internet (1): the fight for privacy is a fight for scraps

The Internet has grown into a digital nation. Almost all of what we do offline, we are now doing online. We shop on Amazon, interact on an Apple/Android smartphone, search and browse on Google and socialise on Facebook/Whatsapp.

Every nation need citizens. The Internet has created this too. Every time we get online, we generate data. The amount of data generated from clicks, likes, lists to watch, shop and browse has created enough personal data to sufficiently form a digital persona, which is not merely our identity, but our history and our experiences – in short, our digital life story made possible from the record of our digital labour. Our digital personas are the ‘citizens’ of this nation whether we like it or not, and whoever has power over the digital personas govern this Internet nation.

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Michael Lakeland
Digital Dependency White paper

This white paper from HAT Data Exchange comes about in a response to heightened digital dependency in human lives and the technological solution of private “microserver” data accounts.

We live in an increasingly digitally connected society, with digital dependency in daily life only set to rise. Yet, where connectivity brings convenience it also brings challenges – especially in the area of personal data.

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Michael Lakeland
Personalised learning for Children

From mirrors to selfies: protecting children’s data for personalised learning and future growth

A joint white paper by UCL Institute of Education, HAT Community Foundation and WMG, University of Warwick on children’s data for personalised learning.

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Michael Lakeland