“The languid pleasure of watching is granted without question to few, benevolent eyes.”
In this scene, a child towers over a colony of ants to underscore the scale at which surveillance technologies operate. She later notes how some adults are entrusted with watching over her.
Transnational companies collect data to improve in-house products, whereas smaller apps sell user data to third parties. In these models, innovators become default guardians of our data. But this innovation lottery places no imperative on winners to invest in the slower, painstaking work of data protection.