begrudgingly implements tracking protection by default, after being shamed into it yet again by Safari, the DuckDuckGo browser, and Gnome Web (just the ones I know who implemented it first) and talks a good talk while still having Google as its default search engine and continuing to get hundreds of millions from Google/Alphabet, Inc. – the largest surveillance capitalist in the world. (Mozilla Corp is ~entirely funded by surveillance capitalism.)


@aral "...surveillance capitalism..." is such a creepy (and apt) term.

@aral I'm reading the pieces you linked. It occurs to me that granting individuals property rights in their personal data might make a decent start. It looks a lot like copyright, but for personal data. At present, that data is only protected (weakly) by flawed "privacy" legislation. Assigning property rights (and therefore value) to it seems like an elegant way to return agency to individuals.

@aral Your approach seems to be sort of the reverse. Outlaw the use of data as property. I worry that just shifts the control to another centralised power, rather than back to the individual.

@basi My central thesis – and my understanding of modern technology as someone who’s been coding since age 7 – is that we are sharded beings; that aspects of our selves are digital/networked. And I’m opposed to property rights being applied to any aspect of people. That's how we lose personhold and revert to our historic state of being considered property. Personhood & individual sovereignty are rather modern concepts – I’d hate to see them backdoored due to digital illiteracy.

@aral Well, I respect the perspective. It's a daunting topic.

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