Is data the new oil?

In the past, Big Data was often compared to oil, because companies could get rich off their deep wells of information. But just like oil, data can be ‘spilled’, with serious consequences. Now privacy activists are turning to the early environmentalists for inspiration.

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Back to the future with barter

Barter is making a comeback. That’s because technology has made it a lot easier to swap things online. It also means people can give away things like personal data to tech companies in return for services. But for the consumer, these trades can be very lopsided and that is why tech companies like them. The FT’s Gillian Tett explains how barter can be made fairer.

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