5 years ago: Digital Feudalism and How to Avoid It


I learned a lot in those five years and we’re still working for the same goals. Surveillance Capitalism is worse than it ever was but we also have new hopes: @Purism, Mastodon, @gnome, DAT, …

The one thing I’d change is to replace “open source” with “ethical technology” and “free (as in freedom)” in my words.

@aral @Purism @gnome today I was told that google G Suite for education has 70m+ customers and that in the USA, two schools in three are using it. I haven't checked this figure, but if it is even close to being true we are placing the data of millions of children into the hands of the largest dealer in data on earth - before we even give them a choice.

A whole generation sold into data serfdom.

We have to get the technology you are talking about into the hands of educators.



@StuC @aral @Purism @gnome See also the comments in the right corner above: nytimes.com/2017/05/13/technol
Google is creating customers, users of Google products by offering products ‘for free’.


Thank you for the article, I read and enjoyed both it and many of the comments.

This kind of corporate grooming seems to me to be of far more consequence than the poor decisions of adults to store their stuff with Google, because the the children and parents are being divested of choice.

As Aral rightly pointed out - privacy is not about not sharing your data, it is about having the choice of who get's to share your data.


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