The Future Today Insitute's Amy Webb has reviewed two books for The New York Times covering what she calls very different views on how to use personal data. The first book, "Data for the People: How to Make Our Post-Privacy Economy Work for You," author Andreas Weigend argues that the exchange of data-for-service is universally beneficial: "If we let ourselves be mined, we receive personalized recommendations, connections and deals," the report states. The other book, "The Art of Invisibility: The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data," author Kevin Mitnick (with Robert Vamosi) "notes various reasons we may want to hide our data," Webb writes. Regardless, she argues that both oversimplify the debate and ignore algorithmic discrimination. "You, too, should be afraid," she says. "We’ve only recently struck oil." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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