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We wanted the web for free – but the price is deep surveillance | Technology | The Observer

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We ought to have known that it would happen. There’s no such thing as a free lunch, after all. Online services cost a bomb to provide: code has to be written by programmers who have to be paid; servers have to be bought or rented, powered, housed, cooled and maintained; bandwidth has to be paid for; and so on. So there were basically only two business models that could have supported our desires.One model involved us paying for stuff. But we or most of us, anyway proved deeply resistant to this idea. We had the fantasy that everything online should be free, after we’d paid an ISP for a connection to the net. So paying for stuff was a non-starter.The companies that provided the “free” services therefore had to find another business model. And in the end they found one: it was called advertising or, rather, putting advertisers in touch…

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