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 bit surprising to see @gnome mentioned as a "new" hope, when we've been doing this thing for 20 years. 😅

@mathieu @gnome Did it have the same approach and focus it has today? (And twenty years ago, I was a very different person.) :)

@aral @gnome the focus on simplifying things, making it accessible to all, started with GNOME 2.0.

The technological landscape was very different though at the time, and the approach really only reached maturity with 3.0 (which itself took years to mature)

@aral @gnome note: I say "we", but I wasn't there 20 years ago. 😛


@mathieu @aral @gnome It all comes back to Allan' talk about what is/makes GNOME.

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