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.

Michael Lakeland