Here’s What the Big Tech Companies Know About You 

The novelty of the Internet platform boom has mostly worn off.

The #BigTech #GAFAM (#Google, #Amazon, #Facebook, #Apple, #Microsoft) and #Twitter are among the world’s most valued companies, people are starting to hold them more accountable for the impact of their actions on the real world.

From the #CambridgeAnalytica scandal to the transparency of Apple’s supply chain, it’s clear that big tech companies are under higher scrutiny. Unsurprisingly, much of this concern stems around one key currency that tech companies leverage for their own profitability: personal data.

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The Times of India story about has gotten a lot of people excited about in rural India.

If you want to learn more about this topic, check out this excellent presentation by Joseph Nuthalapati (@njoseph) and Sudhamsh Kandukuri at ThoughtWorks XConf 2018 in Bangalore, India:

"Digital Empowerment in Rural India - powered by FreedomBox"

Jeff Bezos Protests the Invasion of his #Privacy as Amazon Builds a Sprawling Surveillance State For Everyone Else

"If #Bezos were the victim of #surveillancestate abuses, it would be scandalous and dangerous. It would also be deeply ironic because #Amazon is a critical partner for the USGov in building an ever-more invasive, militarized and sprawling #surveillance state."

German Regulators Just Outlawed Facebook's Whole Ad Business

Some good news to kick off the weekend with.


Can we get similar analogy of around what percent of data surveillance is done by ?

GAFAM = Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft.

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The cleverest tyrants know that the easiest way for an unjust system to perpetuate itself isn’t to fight, imprison, or kill its freedom fighters, it’s to employ them.

Facebook just hired a handful of its toughest privacy critics

*worriedly checks self* Oh, phew, you mean the ones who were up for sale and never really its critics to begin with.

Also see:

#SurveillanceCapitalism #WhiteWashing #Corruption Via @foggy

microsoft is bad lets all use google stuff!

*google eventually does all the same monopolistic monoculture shit that microsoft did*

hmm i wonder if there is a lesson to be learned here

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Great privacy software exists. But what the world needs next is privacy infrastructure on which to deploy that software.

To make your own infrastructure, just install the free private server system on a single-board computer.

We like the LIME2 made by Olimex. What single-board computer do you like?

Linux and “open source” in a nutshell, from the horse’s mouth:

“There is a genuine reason to worry. My desktop is free but my data and applications (which run in the cloud) aww not … what do you care about more – just that the code is open or also about the business practices as well?”

Linus Torvalds: “Personally, I only care about the code. When I say maybe there are people who worry about walled gardens and cloud provides who take ownership of your data, I am not one of those people.”

We've also posted video of this session!

WATCH: Eben Moglen: “The New Consensus and Its Aftermath” (SFLC Fall 2018)

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Eben Moglen on the about :

"The rules of sharing have paid out very nicely. We have come to a place where we can almost all agree about them. That consensus is enormous...We have won as to how to make software, but we have not won the saving of human liberty from the technology of digital computation..."


“I’m against surveillance capitalism but Google’s service is listed first on my app because it is so popular” is the “I’m against the tobacco industry but I offer anyone coming into my home a cigarette because smoking’s so popular” of tech.

If you offer people easy access to cigarettes without so much as a warning about the risks, you might want to reconsider whether you really are against Big Tobacco or whether you’re doing their bidding.

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