@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.
@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: https://www.etalab.gouv.fr/etalab-ouvre-une-instance-mastodon-pour-les-agents-publics
@hergertme its the way of the world .. and its only getting worse