The Future of Sharing and Data Collecting
Collaboration to share information whether that be through writing and sharing news stories, to reporting data is constantly expanding. Sharing things is not new for us, but the rate at which we share, and are able to share now, surpass anything previously.
An ever growing practice for humans as a whole is sharing, and the evolution of technology has only allowed us to become more frequent sharers. From the advent of sending hand written letters, the printing press, postal service, telegraphs, emails, Facebook and more, the ways in which we share information has continuously changed as technology has advanced. Today we are able to share information about anything we want, and we have multiple ways to do it. With all of the sharing that is done, information can be collected on millions of users every day, including information that happens during crisis.
As more and more ways of collecting information, and effective ways to share it are produced, many people are willing to give or report data to these information depos. People are willing to give up privacy in order to gain access or use of something that is beneficial for them, such as programs or services (http://readwrite.com/2016/01/18/pew-privacy-study/). Keeping the idea that people will give information to, “get more,” I could see technology continuing so that people can set to give information about themselves knowing that it could be used for a variety of different studies looking for trends or patterns, or journalistic material.
Although some people are getting more cautious with their privacy and the rights to their data, there are still so many benefits people can receive by using platforms that collect data. In the future, I do not think it is unreasonable that there will be places to anonymously report additional data about yourself. I see this international data bank as a way for people to answer questions about preferences of music, movies, foods, income, shopping habits, frequented gas stations, and favorite skittle flavor all the way to preferred toilet paper. These questions about our preferences already surround us every day, and I envision more people answering a few of these questions every day. I think users will see it as harmless data and even though there would be so much of it, the imaginary data set that we were slated to come up with for class earlier, would become very tangible. If it were open to anyone, there could be infinite amounts of stories that could be genereated. Every person has different interests and insights, so it would be interesting to see how this would impact journalistic endeavors.