In an exercise of putting the shoe on the other foot, a haphazard talk at what one might do to keep Amazon out of the witch hunt fires brought on by cries of “Monopoly!” Certainly those trials are coming, but could ducking the charges or appeasing the torch-bearers be as simple as out-zigging and out-zagging the other thinkers? It’s what Amazon has always done and to the reward of billions. Siding with the big guy isn’t an easy experiment but wouldn’t it be interesting if what saved us from the size and reach of Amazon were another, different threat to the future? What if it were some kind of A.I. that came to the rescue?

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No double entendre name today – just straight up ideas of accountability in a cyber world full of zigs and zags. Google’s stripes again confronted, “Oath:” Advertising techniques against the grain of industry and sworn ethical standards, unaccounted robocalls (for, no one seems to have funded them!) and a couple other items off the news roll that insist we’re all after the head honcho. When things go wrong, where do the people go? Where’s the…

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It’s a long journey that the great “we-all” have ahead, but watching Firehose API news trends shows that we may be moving in the right direction. It’s not giving anything away to say that privacy might benefit from the switches big data is making; we’re far from out of the woods and even farther from calculating middle ground or defending with certainty against scammers and big data thieves. But a silver lining does exist.

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