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posted by takyon on Monday December 10 2018, @04:01PM   Printer-friendly
from the giant-leap dept.

Aral Balkan has a blog post about taking small steps to end surveillance capitalism. In particular he focuses on the need for federated services. He points out that the move to re-decentralize the WWW is difficult and needs to start at the beginning, using a comparison of Apple's original computers to their latest generation of tablets as an illustration.

Five years ago, when I decided to devote myself to tackling the problem of surveillance capitalism, it was clear what we needed: convenient and beautiful ethical everyday things that provide seamless experiences1 on fully free-as-in-freedom stacks.

This is as true today as it was then and it will remain so. The only way to compete with unethical products built by organisations that have control over hardware + software + services is to create ethical organisations that have control over hardware + software + services and thus have at least the possibility to craft competitive experiences. We remove our eyes from this goal at our peril.

Related: Tim Berners-Lee Launches Inrupt, Aims to Create a Decentralized Web


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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by shortscreen on Monday December 10 2018, @08:45PM (3 children)

    by shortscreen (2252) on Monday December 10 2018, @08:45PM (#772556) Journal

    Might as well beware of both, because government and corporations are joined at the hip. We just had the story about "Amazon" Cuomo handing out a billion $ tax credit to Bezos. And Trump's first argument in favor of the Sauds is that they buy weapons from Lockheed/Northrop/etc. Let's also not forget about for-profit prisons, companies that install red-light cameras and take a cut of the fines, and banks with perpetual bailouts.

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  • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Monday December 10 2018, @09:17PM (2 children)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Monday December 10 2018, @09:17PM (#772572) Journal

    companies that install red-light cameras and take a cut of the fines

    And here's a perfect example on how to fight back [thenewspaper.com]. Power to the People!

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    Ok, we paid the ransom. Do I get my dog back? REDЯUM
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 11 2018, @01:44AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 11 2018, @01:44AM (#772707)

      Reading that made me want to drive over and punch the Governer in the face. After the referendum had a huge majority wanting to get rid of the cameras, the prick decides to veto the change due to the significant revenue it brings in. Seriously, how is that clown still in office.