@aral @intherain
Thank *YOU*.

For saying what a lot of us have felt for a long time but either:

- were too afraid to stand up for ourselves (especially as employees of these same companies),

- didn't know *how* to express those words effecaciously, or,

- simply didn't have access to the minds, ears, and/or hearts of the most relevant and important people who needed to hear those words.

You have become a role model to me.

@intherain @aral

okay, I can officially say I never thought I'd see this shit happening in my lifetime

and I sure as hell didn't think someone would actually tell them the problem

and I SURE as hell didn't think it'd actually get where people could watch it! ^_^ awesome

@intherain @aral i think i held my breath throughout the whole vid, what an exceptional speech.

@intherain @aral I don't know what I'm going to watch but hearing Mastodon in the Parliament is already a huge achievement

@intherain @aral If I have to complain, I wish it was a bit less crammed and a bit more more evidence-oriented speech where hard data was provided on the business model and ethical behavior of the industry, so it doesn't just look like a guy ranting because the EU gives money to big companies and not to him (not what I think at all!).

Personally, I think we owe the Internet as the free, creative global communications platform to laws like Section 230. But I also wonder how worth is it.

@intherain And @aral, I think you made a severe mistake. You didn't account for politicians' interests in big numbers with big taxing income. Small companies are absolutely the way forward, but you need to show how that looks like in the greater picture as something economically worthy, something to aspire for and not just "the correct thing you must do even if it's boring or annoying", to break the temptation of letting giant monolithic sources of income impose and show actual excitement.

@intherain @aral I know I know, that kinda sounds like stuff Silicon Valley does, but I don't think trying to make people feel positive about ethical change isn't an unethical or unattainable thing.

That's it, otherwise great job and thanks for speaking up :blobcatsip:

@intherain hope the people that were supposed to sit on the free chairs will watch this later.
@kushal maybe material for your next newsletter?

@schubisu

I am tooting that video from the time it came online and also in my newsletter bookmark list :)

@intherain

@intherain @aral - I greatly appreciate this, @aral. VERY informative and well said.

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