Massive corporations do not have your interests at heart. No matter what they tell you about privacy, security, etc., you as an individual do not matter to them and they will bow to other interests first. Remember this in 2020, and support independent open source projects.
What this means practically: Apple will say that privacy is a fundamental human right, but their actions show they don’t believe that right extends to over a billion people in China.
Google will say they value their privacy and while they seem to do a good job keeping your actual data to themselves, it fuels a massive industry of invasive and dangerous data collection and ad targeting.
Microsoft will say they love Linux, and some of their current actions back that up—but they are so massive they could pivot at any point to attempt to crush any threat to their business models.
While I don’t believe a corporation is a moral entity (they are amoral groups whose actions reflect the morality of those in power), I do believe any massive company will not value individuals above all other interests.
I also don’t believe it’s immoral to use products by these companies; you gotta live your life. But whenever possible, we should be redirecting our support to truly open source and free software efforts from independent and smaller organizations.
@cassidyjames What boggles my brain is how the worlds most intelligent brains are helping create the mass surveillance hole we are in. Don't they realise that any work against freedom will affect them too! No one escapes mass surveillance unless they live under a rock and never venture out. Who wants to live like that? I guess some people's intelligence doesn't extend beyond their job...
That's some generalisation there!
I have both worked and dealt with multinationals that have an ethos and behaviour that I can only aspire to equal one day.
Not giving names for privacy reasons, but just as an example, round table with the CEO of my company (one of the biggest in the world) at the time, someone asked if we were not going to join the profiteering in Iraq, which had just been invaded again by the usual suspects. The CEO replied without hesitation and explained exactly why not, business opportunities or no business opportunities.
We all just burst in applause and a number of my middle eastern colleagues had tears on their faces. We never went to Iraq. To say that I respected that man would be a massive understatement.
At the same time, if we're talking about the consumer sector, consumers as a whole are a horrible thing.
I don't know if you've ever worked in a consumer industry, but the not so few idiots who abuse their position, engage in fraud, and generally behave in inconsiderate and/or dishonest ways also have to be taken into account.
So yeah, by all means single out bad companies, but consider also the other side of the coin.
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