5 years ago: Digital Feudalism and How to Avoid It


I learned a lot in those five years and we’re still working for the same goals. Surveillance Capitalism is worse than it ever was but we also have new hopes: @Purism, Mastodon, @gnome, DAT, …

The one thing I’d change is to replace “open source” with “ethical technology” and “free (as in freedom)” in my words.

@aral @Purism @gnome today I was told that google G Suite for education has 70m+ customers and that in the USA, two schools in three are using it. I haven't checked this figure, but if it is even close to being true we are placing the data of millions of children into the hands of the largest dealer in data on earth - before we even give them a choice.

A whole generation sold into data serfdom.

We have to get the technology you are talking about into the hands of educators.


@StuC @Purism @gnome If the first thought people have when they hear Google is “Philip Morris” – we have a chance. Who’d support cigarettes in schools? No one. The problem is that they’re still socially acceptable. And it doesn’t help that the likes of Mozilla go around handing them out and getting paid billions for it.


@aral @StuC @Purism @gnome

Is this an analogy or is Phillip Morris literally involved (because nothing would surprise me at this point)?

@jjg @StuC @Purism @gnome Analogy. Given the state of things, you’re not wrong to ask :)

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