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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: 1) by fustakrakich on Monday December 10 2018, @09:02PM (10 children)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Monday December 10 2018, @09:02PM (#772565) Journal

    Quite some imagination you got there. The people have what they asked for. They can change it anytime. My opinion of them is totally irrelevant. Everybody's simply looking for the most advantage.

    And yes, outside what's in the mirror, there is nothing meaningful to see. Believe it, or not... it's all perfectly natural and instinctive. All those books on animal psychology apply to humans too. Maybe that's why people are in such denial.

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    Ok, we paid the ransom. Do I get my dog back? REDЯUM
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 10 2018, @09:19PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 10 2018, @09:19PM (#772573)

    The North Koreans have what they've asked for; they can change their choice at any time.

    So, unless you want to claim that the North Koreans are living under the consent of the governed, you have not made a convincing argument. And, if you did make that claim for NK (in order to remain consistent), well, then you'd be supporting a worthless point of view; it wouldn't help anyone design a society.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 11 2018, @12:51AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 11 2018, @12:51AM (#772682)

      *sigh* such a weak tiresome old game... not worth the time

  • (Score: 2) by shortscreen on Monday December 10 2018, @09:19PM (2 children)

    by shortscreen (2252) on Monday December 10 2018, @09:19PM (#772574) Journal

    I find it rather curious. You choose to believe one number over the other. There must be a reason.

    It's true that the people could change things. But they don't realize this, because the corporate media keep telling them the opposite.

    • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Monday December 10 2018, @10:04PM

      by fustakrakich (6150) on Monday December 10 2018, @10:04PM (#772587) Journal

      But they don't realize this, because the corporate media keep telling them the opposite.

      Yeah, and?

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      Ok, we paid the ransom. Do I get my dog back? REDЯUM
    • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Monday December 10 2018, @10:07PM

      by fustakrakich (6150) on Monday December 10 2018, @10:07PM (#772588) Journal

      Sorry for the 2nd reply:

      You choose to believe one number over the other. There must be a reason.

      Yeah. I believe the one that counts. What are you getting at?

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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, @05:47PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 11 2018, @05:47PM (#772957)

    The people have what tjey asked for?

    Ok, no more arguing with you, you are almost as bad as buzzy boy.

    • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Tuesday December 11 2018, @06:52PM (3 children)

      by fustakrakich (6150) on Tuesday December 11 2018, @06:52PM (#772999) Journal

      Ok, no more arguing with you

      Excellent! I'm not looking for one. Especially from people who don't want to read correctly what was posted.

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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, @07:16PM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 11 2018, @07:16PM (#773012)

        And I don't want to argue with riled up libertarians with misplaced superiority complexes.

        • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Tuesday December 11 2018, @07:38PM (1 child)

          by fustakrakich (6150) on Tuesday December 11 2018, @07:38PM (#773026) Journal

          Who's forcing you to stay??

          Be off! You cease to amuse me

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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, @08:00PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 11 2018, @08:00PM (#773041)

            I am off, this is just another symptom of your multiple personality disorder. Apologies for the hard drop but you aren't really Jesus either.