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

I was interviewed by New York Times on topic of Google’s reach into classrooms. I tried to give critical voice from teacher perspective, worried about Google grooming students as users ... Ease of use/low cost is why so many schools default to it ... I realize I am part of GAFE problem, so I work to find balance, alternatives, info to kids about Google biz model (hook ‘em young)


@dogtrax @StuC @aral @Purism @gnome ironic how Google wants to be in the middle of even this. It wanted to auto-download the vimeo app on my phone.

(Now why I'm not using a de-googled phone? Because my old one was stolen and I didn't get around to degoogle the new one yet...)

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