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Software is eating the world1 — and human nature. That is surveillance capitalism.

The impact of surveillance capitalism will be as significant a threat to human nature as industrial capitalism was to the natural world.23


What am I working on now?

I’m writing a book to explain (1) the dichotomy between the misleading marketing and public relation rhetoric of companies such as Facebook and Google and the nature of their business model (that is the expropriation of personal data to help organizations alter one’s thinking, and behavior, by using addictive and micro targeting mechanisms hidden from one’s perception and sense); (2) the destructive impact those mechanisms have on one’s well-being; (3) how one can protect themselves, and more importantly, what to protect in the age of ubiquitous technology; and finally (4) what we can do to bifurcate from surveillance capitalism (e.g. slow web.)

I also curate a list of products respectful of people’s well-being and data (link.)

My interests are:

  • economy of surveillance
  • well-being in the age of ubiquitous technology
  • privacy and data protection
  • slow web

What was I working on before?

Prior to focusing on writing, I worked for the French state on public relations in the digital sector in Asia, and for startups in product marketing.

Amongst other things, I’ve been involved with some conferences and multiple community” projects in Asia. I also worked for a bit with a non-governmental organization in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), mostly in Pyongyang.

Writings

I have written articles for blogs in the U.S. and Europe. Some of my writings were translated in Dutch, German, Italian, Turkish, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

If you would like to take a look at what I have written, here is a selection:

  • why WhatsApp mislead users about privacy when they implemented end-to-end encryption (culprit: metadata) (link)
  • why WhatsApp chose convenience over privacy and security (link)
  • my comments on contradictions in Facebook’s white-paper: Communicating Towards People-Centered and Accountable Design (link)

Some more practical writing and curation:

  • simple steps to protect your privacy online (link)
  • a list of privacy-friendly alternatives to Google’s products (link)
  • a list of products respectful of your well-being and data (link.)
  • how to ditch Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn — and still follow people and organizations you like (link)

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Contact me and keep in touch

You are welcome to message me on rpsa@protonmail.com. You can also send me a Direct Message on Twitter if you like that. I don’t have Facebook, Instagram.

If you don’t need to talk to me and just want to keep in touch. There are a few options:

  1. you can subscribe to this website’s RSS feed (how to use RSS);
  2. you can sign up for my newsletter. I send it 2-3 times per year to friends and my network. I share news about what I am working on, some blog posts I wrote, and short reviews about the books I read;
  3. if none of the above work for you, you can follow me on Twitter.

  1. Why Software Is Eating the World, Marc Andreessen

  2. Surveillance capitalism refers to an economic system centred around the commodification of personal data with the core purpose of profit-making. Since personal data can be commodified it has become one of the most valuable resources on earth.

  3. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, Shoshana Zuboff