Orwell would never have predicted that corporations would be scrutinising our every move; nor would he have foretold that we would voluntarily trade our freedoms for access to modern life. Aral Balkan explores notions of our digital selves, our ‘simulations’, how they undergo much more scrutiny than our corporeal selves, what that means for our fundamental freedoms and human rights, and what role consumer technology and user experience must play in crafting an alternative future owned and controlled by individuals, not corporations.
Aral Balkan is a designer and social entrepreneur working to protect fundamental freedoms, human rights, and democracy by creating independent consumer technologies that don’t spy on you. Aral is the founder and lead designer of ind.ie and author of the ind.ie/manifesto. He is currently working on coding the core of the ind.ie platform, a beautiful distributed social network called Heartbeat, and laying the foundations for ind.ie/phone, a beautiful consumer smartphone.
Aral blogs at aralbalkan.com and tweets at @aral.