“Will you be nice to Facebook and Google at the afternoon sessions?” — organiser to me at

(I asked the transport minister of Finland and the Mozilla rep hard questions at their sessions.)

Me: “I don’t think that’s the right question to ask. Would you be nice to Exxon Mobil at an environmental protection conference?”

@Aral Balkan Would love to see that, and how they responded. Is this being recorded somewhere?
Sometimes organizers ask such ludicrous (in an surrealist way) questions

@aral absolutely good on you for this, you're doing some great work

But, it's right there in the name: "arena"! You're not supposed to be nice to your opponents!

@aral Maybe that's precisely what they wanted you to do... !

@aral Ooo, if any of the Mozilla DeepSpeech devs are there, say hello on my behalf! Most of 'em are based out of northern Europe, working on making selfhosted Speech to Text a decently usable thing.

@aral Our transport minister’s track record is not famous of supporting privacy. One example of this is plan to install tracking devices into cars.

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