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 @aral @Purism @gnome I'm fairly sure the G Suite set don't do anything too nasty with the data compared with the free consumer stuff; the problem competing is cost & integration. Cost per user is tiny and no one has to worry about their data centre dieing or maintaing hardware or software or security installations. The integration stuff is also tough - you get the mail, live document editing, chat, calendar etc all in one - all works as one; and once you have the mail the rest is free.

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