If you’re a developer in 2021 and you’re adding tracking devices from Google, Facebook, etc., to your sites and apps, the one thing you can’t do any longer is to feign innocence. You know exactly what you’re doing and you’re complicit in perpetuating surveillance capitalism.

@aral I generally agree, but some caveats:

If you're an innocent/beginning Android developer, it is very easy to have Android Studio "helpfully" include all kinds of tracking and nonfree libraries.

You just want a website. Let's take Hugo for example. A fast static site generator; what could possibly go wrong?

Except that the official "themes" page you're shunted towards has tons of themes which include google tracking and may not even work without javascript. They are not marked in any way.


@Coffee Yeah. And add to that the deafening silence or outright complicity of experienced devs, dev evangelists, etc., and what’s pushed by educators, etc., and yes… that’s what happens when the mainstream is surveillance capitalism.

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