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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 11 2018, @06:04PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 11 2018, @06:04PM (#772969)

    Let ua bring this back to your post that started this:

    people tend to centralize.

    They need something to blame, outside themselves, when things go wrong.

    You walked this back a little but it is still a very minor aspect of anything. Choosing a service for support is not the same as choosing one to blame. That is an edgy comment for when you want to sound insightful at a party.

  • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Tuesday December 11 2018, @07:00PM (1 child)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Tuesday December 11 2018, @07:00PM (#773006) Journal

    Bla bla bla, if this is a party, where's my beer??

    Please, enough of your silly games, just read and at least make a feeble effort to comprehend what was written to avoid needless repetition. Fundamentals are important.

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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, @08:05PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 11 2018, @08:05PM (#773046)

      You complain a lot with very little substance. Back to your Olivye.