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Christian Hergert @hergertme

It truly bums me out how many engineers end up at Google. This world could be so much more without advertising and advertising accessories.

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@hergertme I totally agree, but we have to acknowledge that the ad-powered internet has an important democratic side. Most people in developing countries wouldn't be able to have access to its great assets if they had to pay for services like email or YouTube. I'm not sure how we could solve this.

@fredmbarros It's called government. It provides services to it's people that are in everyone's best interest to not be used as ways to extract capital.

@hergertme agreed. But our governments, motivated mostly by private lobbies, haven't been looking at this sort of things lately - and I ask myself if they ever did. That's why political activism should work in this regard. Anyway, looking here from Brazil, I don't see much to make one optimistic.

@hergertme just came across this - the French government opened a mastodon instance for public agents: etalab.gouv.fr/etalab-ouvre-un

@hergertme some people join just because your work reaching such a large amount of users is really satisfying.

Just the consumer side alone, Chromebooks and Android, are things people want to use and that is gratifying.

@sergiusens Things that are self gratifying aren't necessarily justification in and of itself.

But I don't give a shit what other people do with their lives. I can still be bummed by the state of things.

@hergertme and without stealing people's GPS data.

@elopio

Google/Cloud/distributed computing at large and Trump have something in common. Make things so unbelievably confusing to understand that people give up on actually understanding it.