The cost of free

Access to most web pages is free. The service they offer is not paid with money, but many companies obtain something very valuable to commercial interests: from our personal data to our thoughts and desires.

‘The virtual revolution’ is a British television series produced by the BBC and The Open University and presented by PhD in social psychology Aleks Krotoski, which examines the profound changes in society during the two decades that have elapsed since the emergence of the World Wide Web.

The series consists of four chapters analyzing four aspects: ‘The great revelling’ deals with the information, ‘Enemy of the State’ with politics and social control, ‘The cost of free’ with trade and privacy, and finally ‘Homo interneticus’ analyzes how social networks have changed the way we relate.