The Internet is thought as a plethora of open information and archaic avenues, with an absence of ownership illustrating series of constructed systems that create a holistic structure. However if an individual was to access the ‘dark web’ to consume within an open market, they would find a series of processes to gain access to this structure. Thus demonstrating that what we have come to understand as the Internet, is actually a walled garden. Thus our understanding of the Internet is that of closed ecosystem regulating content.
This walled garden demonstrates a restricted platform, such as Google for example, in which the owner of this platform has control over the information. Search engines can now be considered as the ‘new confessionals‘ – alternative to a priest, we have metadata. On an abstract level metadata is ‘you,’ it allows for the aggregation of your thought process over time.
Here we can see where and how far you have travelled, or what you have used and searched for since forever. While individual searches and applications may seem of little concern or even ‘tin-foil.’ Deconstructing all this information over the course of use will demonstrate a framework of who you are, how you are thinking, what medical concerns you may develop and what your ideology is.
While many individuals may perceive little concern as we all agree to the terms and conditions. The concern rests in forceful retention, and how this information may be used to hinder and restrict future social movements in society.
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