I’ve been thinking a lot about data, privacy, identity and the future recently, in part because it feels like we’re at a unique point in history at the intersection of culture, technology and power. In many ways it’s a trend that’s impossible to ignore.

Fire up Netflix and you might see episodes of Black Mirror where plot devices hit a little too close to home. How different is the social structure that triggers Lacie’s fall from grace in Season 3’s “Nosedive” than China’s current strategy for credit ratings?

Open Twitter or browse the news and you can’t miss story after story of hacks, data breeches, security flaws and privacy violations.

This thread alone is about as fascinating as it’s appalling:

I have a lot of thoughts on this topic I’d love to share with you, particularly how I’m seeing the modern “identity stack” evolve. When I say identity stack, what I mean is the composition and relationships of how your digital identity is determined across networks, applications, devices and the physical world, what data it creates, and all the different things that happen with that data.

I could (should?) probably write a book on this – or maybe you should; I’d love to read it – but… sadly, I’m in the midst of several pressing projects, so in its place I’d like to share with you a new Twitter thread (re: rant) that synthesizes what I see as some of the most important issues and events at the intersection of data, tech, culture and privacy. It should be a quick read and a helpful primer.

I’d be very interested in your feedback on any (a) important considerations I missed, (b) promising projects in this space or (c) other thoughts/reactions in general.

Here it is in full:

[note: I used “state” on Twitter for character count brevity; “ecosystem” is more appropriate]

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