GUEST ROOM | Hail Cornell! Patron of Digital Sovereignty?

Next I open my new textbook in the Cornell Store’s VitalSource page, a sort of digital archive that stores textbook purchases. Navigating to the chapter marked in my syllabus, eager and ready to learn, I’m interrupted by yet another pop-op: a cookies policy. Cookies are, as Emily Stewart at Vox puts it, “small files that websites send to your device that the sites then use to monitor you and remember certain information about you.” You’re probably familiar with the concept. A cookies permission request appears on basically every page from Forbes to, I don’t know, insert something salacious here.