The Nordic Creatives podcast I was interviewed for after my talk in Copenhagen is now out. Among other things, hear me rant about surveillance capitalists like Google and Facebook as well as their cohorts (like Singularity University and the Danish government that appointed an ambassador—of all things—to Silicon Valley) and rave about Mastodon and @Purism :)
Many thanks to https://twitter.com/xhensilareci for the lovely interview :)
Alas, this doesn't surprise me.
Denmark may portray itself as liberal, but also seems to aspire to be "the Singapore of Europe", seeks the "thriving business / startup environment".
Also Martin Luther still remains a "social influencer" in that country (a lot more than I had expected/realised..)
My mothers side of the family in Malaysia are Lutherans, but an aspect of wider Christian faith (that I also noticed with my Catholic father who attended college in Singapore) is "Gott sieht Alles", a feeling that "some type of invisible surveillance" was present and normal in society.
That was ofc co-opted by governments at various times, and in the more secular societies today (in both Europe and Asia) seems to be interlinked with the tech industry..
the context I am thinking of in modern era is US tech companies get elevated to "divine status" even in a secular environment (like DK in 2018), to me there is a concern that if/when it all goes wrong, "old gods/old values" could well make a comeback.
I'm not quite as fearful that LGBT equality or multiculturalism could disappear overnight in Europe, but if they are interlinked with tech failures they *could* take a hammering like what seems to have happened in USA..
This is my personal Mastodon.