Privacy is an upper class luxury. You need to have both technical knowledge and a bunch of resources in order to afford it. You can go and shout about privacy all you want and the evils of surveillance capitalism but this won't matter a bit so long wage slavery and capitalism itself is a thing.
Go ahead and be 'private' in your luxury home, with your personal home server and mobile phone that costs more than a months wage in countries that capitalism have wrecked.
@alatiera Everybody wants privacy and at the same time wants everybody else to know who they are anto sympathize with their problems. They build shrines to themselves on Facebook and then complain that their privacy is being violated. You can't have it both ways.
True that a lot of privacy tech requires technical knowledge and/or money most people don’t have.
At the same time, there are free steps non-techies can take: Signal, DuckDuckGo, etc.
One problem I see a lot with privacy (as well as security) is people tend to view them as all or nothing. Is it private (yes or no)? Is it secure (yes or no)? The reality is we never get to totally private or secure but we can make dents in the problem.
You make a very valid and important point, that proper privacy isn't easy these days.
But I only partly agree with:
> both technical knowledge and a bunch of resources in order to afford it.
There are many groups and projects out there that make privacy very accessible and affordable.
I do however *fully* agree with you that the whole system must be challenged.
👣 Step by step... 😇
And there's a much bigger list here:
@tuttle @alatiera That's sadly wrong, because, thanks to ad money, "smart" tech is now heavily subsided, and thus cheap: https://www.businessinsider.com/smart-tv-data-collection-advertising-2019-1
Same thing happens on things like Google and Amazon home automation systems, as well as smartphones
YES. & There is nothing revolutionary about expecting everyone to individually DIY their online safety. Even if we had the time and resources, most of us will never be tech geniuses.
It's up to those that can do that shit to make actually accessible tools for those that can't. And I mean we need to build tools that a grandma who never finished high-school and barely understands email could use. Don't expect us all to learn code.
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