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ar.al/2019/03/04/small-technol

We need an antidote to surveillance capitalism that is so anathema to the interests of Big Tech that it cannot possibly be co-opted by them.

@aral Thank you, this is great. I'll post to our community forum.

This can be elaborated to a workable framework. A manifesto for anyone setting up Small Tech initiatives. Each of the bullet points should have elaboration on how to effectively act on them (like not-for-profit --> earning a decent living, present the options).

@aral this is similar to zebrasunite.com - be a zebra, not a unicorn. But with some important differences, like non-profit, copyleft, etc.

@humanetech @aral

Heh, I just came here to point out zebrasunite.com as well.

One thing that's still missing from this picture - a job board. I'm currently looking (while working on several open-source side projects) but finding a programming gig that isn't ad-tech or b2b enterpriseware is hard.

@gdorn @aral

Yes, hard to find viable, humane business models. We are in defining phase and there are lotsa things to discover to give #SmallTech and #Zebra like models shape and form.

I just gave a - I think glowing - follow-up to some misperceptions of the concepts, and was inspired both by Aral's article and the critical response of one of our valued members. Afraid it turned into a larger plea for #HumaneTechnology that I intend to blog about 😃

Check it out here: community.humanetech.com/t/351

@aral I think the not-for-profit model is very important too, as it allows the non-profit to compete (or better: to have USP's) in ways that are impossible for a for-profit business entity.

@aral Great piece. I often think about this and I end up wondering about how hardware innovation could happen in this alternative model. Unlike software, it gets much harder to achieve without capital resources. But we need to start somewhere.

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