Will the history of our times be controlled by Facebook?

Interesting piece by Sandipan Deb in Mint:

Human memory is today increasingly owned by virtual monopolies such as Facebook and Google. In essence, we could be looking at a future where history is privatized; indeed, these private actors will have the power to manipulate our histories by deciding what content to release. In their study, the Oxford researchers reach a very sobering conclusion: “In order to prevent a possibly dystopian future of power asymmetries and distorted historical narratives, the task before us is to design a sustainable, dignified solution that takes into account multiple stakeholders and values. This inevitably requires a decentralisation of control and ownership of our collective digital heritage.”

In 1984, George Orwell wrote: “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” The world needs a truly independent Unesco-like body to take care of humankind’s digital heritage.

Humanity keeps moving in circles….

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