It sounds like such a friendly place, The Cloud.
But in reality, there’s nothing friendly at all about moving all your data to a nebulous location completely controlled by shady tech companies and their power-obsessed CEOs.
We’ve already seen how tech companies get drunk on their own power. CEOs like Jack Dorsey or Mark Zuckerberg, high on the power they have over billions of people, can’t resist the temptation to use their platforms to try to bend the world towards their liking.
We’ve also seen how tech companies vilify those who dare speak out against them, or even simply have a different ideology or political point of view as them. These tech companies have no problem destroying someone’s business or way of life simply for daring to believe in something different.
In fact, tech companies have often labeled any dissenting opinion as “hate speech” despite there being no hate involved at all, simply a difference of opinion. Even worse, these tech companies treat people who they deem as purveyors of this so-called hate speech as the worst people possible. Banning and censoring them even while letting real killers and terrorists free to use their platforms.
Support Trump and Twitter will censor you, yet the Taliban is free to Tweet all day long.
So with tech companies vilifying those who they disagree with on ideological grounds, what do you think they will be capable of when they control all of your data?
Is it really that much of a stretch to believe they may act in unethical ways. If they already deem you worse than a murderer or a terrorists, will they even view their actions as unethical, or instead will they see themselves as heroes.
Just as CEOs couldn’t resist the temptation to try to sway the opinion of billions of people, they will not be able to resist the ease in which they can frame almost anyone they deem the “enemy”.
By controlling all the data attached to nearly everyone’s life, the temptation will be too great to simply plant evidence or compromising material, then report it to the authorities and media.
If such a reality occurs, stop and think how powerless the person who is the subject of the framing will be.
There will be no way for them to prove themselves innocent. The tech companies hold all the logs, all the servers, everything. How would one even go about questioning the evidence when one party controls it all.
Perhaps if someone had tens of millions of dollars to spend on a legal defense, they could hire countless experts and subpoena gigabytes of data to pour over to look for one log or shred of evidence to exonerate. But for the average person, they have no way to prove themselves innocent.
This may seem like a stretch, but as outlined above we have seen that these tech companies are unable to resist temptation. Nothing is off-limits to them, especially when they are operating under the delusion that they are saving the world.
So don’t be so quick to move your entire digital life into the cloud. Despite the lofty moniker, you may find yourself trapped by the very technology they said would set you free.
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