Unit 3 – Task 1 – Human Traces

For as long as we have existed, we have left imprints of our lives upon the earth, artefacts for future generations to marvel upon, information for them to utilise, tools for them to further develop. This is no different in the digital age, where the nature of internet use is predicated upon the preservation and eventual dissemination of the artefacts of our digital consumption. As we saw in Unit 3 even seemingly simple image files have a lot more going on than first meets the eye. Not only are the images we produce and or share, first-hand representations of actions, emotions or thought processes but to are vessels of a great deal of data, accessible to everyone.

This is true also of almost any seemingly private usage of the internet. A custom Spotify playlist, for example, is not only useful to you the listener, as a culmination of your personal music preference, but also incredibly useful to the music creators in the validation of their musical achievement and  Spotify itself, who receive a highly personalised set of data that they could sell to interested parties including advertisement firms, production studios or even government organisations.

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