Silicon Valley’s Unchecked Arrogance
Ross Baird

Silicon Valley today is fueled by personal information. Clearly there’s a huge amount of value in it, and I suspect there’s much more left untapped.

To begin solving problems, the people who produce all of this personal information - the same people who apparently need UBI - must realize that they can own and control this information. We each are, after all, the source of it. Each of us can do a much better job than any self-interested business of figuring out what’s good for ourselves. If only we had a simple tool!

To democratize information ownership is to shift the balance of power. To strive to give each person the tools they need to extract value from their information (and to keep it safe) is to empower people to solve their own problems. You won’t see such tools coming from Silicon Valley; they’re quite happy to devise ever more ways to capture ever more intimate information about you.

While UBI might keep people alive and out of the way, democratized information ownership is the way to empowerment. This is a problem I’ve been working on for some time now, and I’m developing a tool that literally anyone can use.