Folks, for years: We have a problem called Surveillance Capitalism, it’s a systemic problem arising from socio-economic factors…

Ex-Googler: Hmm, this problem, very exotic… what shall I call it without criticising either surveillance or capitalism? Time well spent?

Folks: SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM! It’s the feedback loop between accumulation of information (surveillance) and accumulation of wealth (capitalism)

Ex-Googler: …human downgrading?


Orwell's neolanguage -google version-, indeed. Very good analysis, @aral

@aral the biggest enabler for surveillance is centralisation IMHO. TCP/IP was and is anarchistic and decentralised by design. But we added centralisation in two ways. DNS and IANA. We need decentralised solutions for both. My working title - TCP/ID.


It's a silly phrase. It would be better to talk about oppression or even better about "faulty technology" or "sub-standard technology" (notice, it's not the people using the technology who are at fault).

If we re-frame the whole thing as faulty then we can talk about how sillicon valley is pushing things which are *designed to perform badly* for their own narrow financial advantage. You could analogize it to adulturated food, which was a big problem in the past and was only eventually countered by regulations and inspection.

@aral As an advocate to #TheVenusProject and #ResourceBasedEconomy, I do not like supporting capitalism and mass surveillance.

The Venus Project:
Beyond #Poverty, #War, and #Politics


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