Also, how about we start funding and building Small Tech, not Big Tech, so our only political agency in the future isn’t as glorified howler monkeys shout-begging man-child CEO-kings to “please, sirs, be kind.”
@harald Oh, we could end it tomorrow if we wanted to. https://ar.al/2018/11/29/gdmr-this-one-simple-regulation-could-end-surveillance-capitalism-in-the-eu/
@harald I hear you. And I have tried (spoke twice at the EU parliament, met with MEPs, etc.) The problem is, it’s a drop in the ocean when compared to lobbyists. Folks from Facebook, Google, Microsoft etc., have places just up the road from the parliament and spend their evenings drinking in their favourite pubs together (been there, had the hangovers). They spend millions to “talk” to them. And every so often one of us will be brought in for a few minutes for “balance.”
@harald So, yes, we must absolutely keep pressure on politicians, etc., but I’ve come to the conclusion that at least my own time is best spent building an alternative that doesn’t require permission from anyone to exist and that can make a difference. We still need the policymakers, though, because the last thing you want is for that alternative to be deemed illegal. But we’ll cross that bridge when and if we get to it. The assaults on end-to-end encryption are hugely worrisome in that regard.
@harald Thank you. I do firmly believe that anything any of us does, no matter how small – and maybe, sometimes, especially because it’s small ;) – matters. Here’s to chipping away at the problem together :)
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