… or at least tried to.
With Edward Snowden’s revelations still coming in at a steady pace, more and more people seem to become enraged by the behavior of intelligence agencies and “big data” companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo and Apple, and rightfully so. Knowing that all your data is at stake, you might find yourself beginning to think about reclaiming independence regarding your (digital) life.
That’s what I did, once the news about pretty much everyone being spied upon by various agencies worldwide started to emerge. I was suddenly thrust into a place where all these comfortable solutions (free email, free synchronized cloud storage, free social networks) showed their real cost. And it wasn’t astonishment that characterized my emotional reaction, but rather shame and a nagging feeling of “I knew, but didn’t act upon my knowledge”. You see, I knew of sayings like “If the service you are using is free, you are the product” and was generally a rather skeptical person, but I didn’t seem to really understand the scope of it. It was just too convenient to go along with a lot of new (and convenient) developments. I was responsible, and for that reason, a feeling of shame seems pretty appropriate.