Hey folks, if you’re still on birdsite, please help me boost this tweet:
Let’s get some more folks on Mastodon and the fediverse while also raising awareness about surveillance capitalism.
Thanks in advance :)
@aral Do you think that this here will scale surveillance capital free? If we replay the open web here, someone will set up a bit obvious hub (cf mastodon.social's popularity) and then start tracking people, and most normal peeps won't want to move.
I feel the mistake we made with the early web was we made it open, but we left it closable. I don't see how the fediverse (for all I love it) has solved that problem. Once advertising driven money sees fediverse, what's to stop it just co-opting it?
@mdales Regarding your first point, we must remain vigilant and use social shaming and social exclusion (public shaming and domain blocks) to stop VC-funded initiatives (startups) in the fediverse from gaining network effects to begin with.
There is nothing technical or legal to stop a well-funded VC-backed firm from embracing, extending, and enclosing the fediverse. The only power we have is not to federate with such nodes from Day 1. It’s our only weapon.
This is my personal Mastodon.