I read the very interesting article of @Marion, who focuses on the legal responsibilities of both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica in the big data breach, harvesting and A.I. computing process that led to the profiling of millions of Facebook users and US voters, targeted with ad-hoc ads and fake news on their social feeds, tailored on their personal fears and biases in order to make them react and vote accordingly.
Apart the discussion about which side the responsibility goes (on both actually…) and in which percentage, what strikes me the most is the huge distance between some very smart and up-to-date single individuals and projects - in any field, from politics and law to media and technology - and the big mass of all other individuals, that makes the ‘common sense’ or ‘public opinion’. This makes me even more convinced about my long-lasting impression that the main role and added value in the particular historical moment we are living in is to educate, teach and spread more than create, innovate and disrupt. Humanity with digital connected technologies took a giant leap in last decades, but only a few of us are fully exploiting it, benefiting from it or even understanding it. The more of us is mainly suffering from its consequences.