I was wrong about Google and Facebook: there’s nothing wrong with them (so say we all)
It’s always difficult admitting you’re wrong. But sometimes you have to in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. So, today, I admit that I was wrong about Google, Facebook, & surveillance capitalism in general being toxic for our human rights and democracy … it simply cannot be true given how they are endorsed by some of the most well-respected organisations in the world.
@aral I have serious criticisms of Google and Facebook myself. However, I don't agree with your criticism of Conservancy/Copyleft Conf. Conservancy has actually lost a lot of money over the years because it has stuck to its principles when sponsors preferred that it do something different (eg drop copyleft enforcement). That's one reason they started doing community fundraising drives, because they wouldn't have had the money to keep going otherwise *because* they stuck to their principles.
I don't have a strong opinion if accepting money from tech giants is bad, but a few things to note:
- putting a banner on a website which is popular among tech authorities is a huge string attached
- relying on a particular money source is enough to try not to antagonize people behind it or even do what they say
- even mozilla promotes google - who should I take example from?
- everyone use gmail - why would I bother? my email will be read anyway, so I'll set up gmail
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