How Big Tech is Influencing International Policy

We have fought over the differences between cultures, philosophies, and boundaries for generations. Usually, this is through open discussion of how we wish to live our lives, but a new entity is influencing the way we interact with other nation-states, and that is Big Tech.

We already know that Big Tech is collecting our private data. It is not a surprise that companies like Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft have databanks the size of small cities in various places around the world packed full of everything from what type of body wash you prefer, to how frequently you visit that special someone you aren’t willing to talk openly about quite yet.

 

What may come as a surprise is the volume of data being leveraged by a continual battle between governments and international entities with these Big Tech companies. Ever since the revelations from the Snowden hack of 2013, the world has been desensitised to the flow of our private information and its effect on international policy. Big Tech is setting the foundation for the laws and leanings of everyone from Saudi Arabian oil to Australian gender relations.


Data and Big Tech


Are Big Tech Creating News World Order?

Whether these tech firms like it or not, their data stores are precisely what other nations need to undermine, influence, and predict international outcomes. China does this with its breach of the U.S.-based financial group Equifax, Google sharing data with Russian-based marketing firms, and plenty more. Even Ian Bremmer, the long-time president of the Eurasia Group, has been speaking out about the methods Big Tech is using to create a new world order.

 

It is no longer science fiction or another episode of some TV crime drama to think technology companies are influencing how we think, feel, act, and behave on an international scale. From the Arab Spring to the current unrest in Iran, social media companies and search engines significantly impact the dissemination of information to citizens – especially based on geographic targeting.


Let’s paint a Scenario.

You purchase a mainstream iPhone for your friend. They crack it open and start downloading all the popular apps like Amazon shopping or TikTok for social media. Two weeks later, you’re having a conversation about international policies and relations, and suddenly, that friend is parroting all the talking points of a specific political party or alliance based purely on their geographic location.

 

Think this is fantasy? A recent study from Device Atlas shows that there is a slight tendency for blue states (liberal-leaning/ Democrats) in the US to purchase iPhones and red states (conservative-leaning/ republican) Android devices. These Big Tech giants are drawing their marketing boundaries on the global maps to determine their market share and then reinforcing these freshly laid fences with the sounding boards of relative political leanings.

How Influential Big Tech Can Be?

Nearly 60 percent of the world is online, and about half of the total population uses social media. That means billions of human beings are volunteering everything from their shoe size to sexual preferences up to these Big Tech companies without thinking twice about the repercussions. All it takes is a few server banks and some custom code work to track all that data, and these same companies can suddenly influence the next British Prime Minister or local school board member election in the tiniest Australian town.

Final Words

The more we allow our information to be leveraged by Big Tech companies, the more we break down any hopes of freedom from private company oversight. To protect yourself, your family, and the future of free thought, we need devices that protect our data. This way, we can enjoy all the benefits of technology without the risk of letting it take over our lives.

 

That is where Freedom Technology and Services can help. With a wide range of privacy-related products like Faraday bags and deGoogled phones, you can still utilise the latest technology while keeping your data safe. Visit their store to learn more.




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