Porn and Data

Unsurprising:

The biggest and perhaps best source of data about what people like to watch on the internet and what they would pay for doesn’t come from streaming giants like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or Hulu. It comes from porn.

QZ

Also unsurprising:

“You’re not going to get a regulator or politician who is going say, ‘we’re going to break up the porn monopoly.’”

Ross Benes, author: The Sex Effect

Also unsurprising:

MindGeek isn’t selling its valuable user data or data analytics to any third-parties, Dunn says, which makes sense considering the massive blackmail potential of porn-related user data. MindGeek puts that data to good economic use in-house. But beyond serving up the exact content that users want and profiting from it, there are other ways that porn sites wield power.


… at least for now. I bet they’ll find a way to “sell” that data to others.

Regardless of where you may sit with porn from a moral perspective, it’s an important technology (and cultural) center that any technologist should appreciate, understand, and be open to learning from.

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