‘We are livestock for data farms’

Ronald Deibert is considered a pioneer in the study of digital espionage, commercial surveillance software and the protection of human rights. He describes social media platforms as 'very powerful and extremely intrusive.'

We are monitored by applications, even when we are not monitored by services. This is now the environment in which we operate - an environment that Professor Ronald Deibert identifies as "surveillance capitalism."

Director of the Citizen Lab, the institute at the University of Toronto's Munk School that identified the first Greek device infected with Predator software, Deibert is considered a pioneer in the study of digital espionage, commercial surveillance software and the protection of human rights. Professor of political science at the University of Toronto, his book "Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society" has been awarded prizes and he was named a 2017 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy Magazine.

In an interview with Kathimerini, Deibert explains how corporations monitor our behavior and choices and discusses new methods of government surveillance.

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