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First they came for the "terrorists"
Then they came for the whistle blowers
Then they came for the journalists
Then they came for me

"Photo journalist in Bangladesh arrested for a Facebook post under the Section 57 of Bangladesh’s infamous Information and Communications Technology Act (ICT) which authorizes “the prosecution of any person who publishes, in electronic form, material that ... prejudices the image of the state or a person; ...”"

thewire.in/rights/arundhati-ro

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I've been hearing a lot of prominent people speak about surveillance and privacy, but when I hear Richard Stallman talk about it, it really struck a chord with me.

"We need a law. Fuck them — there’s no reason we should let them exist if the price is knowing everything about us. Let them disappear. They’re not important — our human rights are important. No company is so important that its existence justifies setting up a police state. And a police state is what we’re heading toward."

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In today's society, being introverted is turning into a disability that others can exploit for their profit.

is all about taking away what's already yours, repackaging it in colorful wrappers and selling it back to you at ridiculous prices.

If somebody's asking you to opt out of some data collection or the other, there are other more sinister things that they are not even telling you about that they're capturing.
I discontinue their service altogether in most cases.

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"Trading privacy for convenience is a bad bargain..."

Be diligent.

"We must keep fighting to make sure that in the future, it gets easier, and not harder, to defend our privacy—biometric or otherwise."
eff.org/deeplinks/2019/04/skip

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If a government official claims AI can predict where and when crime will occur with "99% accuracy," you can be 100% sure that they're wrong. qz.com/1603797/lancaster-calif t.co/mOj4BMY6pb

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I'd consider a lot of new tech fashion products, esp. when they sacrifice utility for aesthetics.
What's the point of removing the headphone jacks or making a computer super thin at the expense of computing power?

Fashion. And the ability to sell what would've been shipped with the initial cost of the device as "accessories."

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Technology as expensive as smartphones should have replaceable batteries and be easily repaired by the people who bought the device. When you also consider the environmental impact of producing a smartphone or other electronic device, it should be made to last. Apple/Silicon Valley turned electronics into disposable fashion products.

"Tragedy of the commons" is a bullshit theory that capitalists use to discredit the biggest threat to their power.

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@nolan I think you're in America, right?

America seems to have this weird approach to regulation: reluctant to make broad regulations, so you end up with regulation that's *both* burdensome *and* ineffective.

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The thing is, I'm skeptical that either antitrust or regulation will improve things. Namely:

- antitrust: okay, you break up Google. Now its products work less well together, and it no longer benefits from economies of scale. Meanwhile China goes in the opposite direction w/ products that "just work." Did we just hand the market to WeChat?
- regulation: okay, now you've crowned Facebook the winner and deputized them into an arm of the state. Whatever the state wants to censor, FB censors. Oof.

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Correcting Disparities:

"I live on the border of two states with extremely different minimum wage laws. I worked for a company that moved over the border from the state with the higher (though still not sufficient) minimum wage to the other state. We were able to keep our jobs but we had to take a pay cut. Meanwhile, the boss bought a new house in California and kept her house here as well.

During the process of the move, I happened to find a Post-It note with the admin credentials to the payroll system. Every week for the few months I stayed on after the move, I gave myself and my co-workers a few extra hours of pay to make up for the money they were trying to save.

Nothing happened to me. And it felt like a good deed."

This was a story of workplace resistance on Steal Something From Work Day crimethinc.com/2019/04/15/stea

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businessinsider.com/sidewalk-t

"The backlash is reminiscent of protests over Google's planned campus in Berlin and Amazon's proposed headquarters in New York City — both of which were abandoned before construction had even begun. The fate of these projects could provide a window into Alphabet's future in Toronto." :)

Trillion dollar companies are the malignant tumors of the economy.

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Software isn't eating the world, capitalism is.

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Capitalism 101:
Step 1: Steal labor value, impoverish and make homeless countless Seattlite workers while making $150,000,000,000 and paying 0 taxes. ($130 mil rebate even)

Step 2: buy a homeless shelter that houses 0.01% of the population and blast photo-ops of your fake philanthropy through media channels you own/buy to look like capitalist big brain executives are the solution.
youtube.com/watch?v=TIDtKJP7Lx

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a friend and i just found out our campaign to keep amazon alexas from being deployed in public spaces on campus was successful 😎 Fuck Bezos Fuck Surveillance Capitalism Digital Socialism Forever 😎

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