We’re living in a digital serfdom — trading privacy for convenience


Think for a second: compared to your grandparents and parents, what do you actually own outright? Why own when you can rent, license, or subscribe? This seems to be the new mantra, where nothing is permanent — but everything is convenient. This is the era of the digital nomad, and consequently, it’s also the era of the digital serf. The masses of serfs in the feudal period in Europe provided the labor, and the owners of property reaped the profits. Today, the labor is largely data, and the properties are digital. Before we dive into digital serfdom, let’s take a…

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