Q. Aral, what alternative would you recommend to this capitalist product that should really be a public tool for the common good?

A. A post-capitalist one that’s a public tool for the common good. There isn’t one? Then maybe we should fund an independent organisation from the public purse and task it with building it.

@aral It's not helpful when Big Tech has all these politicians in their pocket.. Perhaps crowd funding would help a little bit.

@gert @aral I think crowdfunding would totally be sufficient *if* we solved a critical subset of the underlying coordination problems, e.g. agreed on *the* Twitter/Facebook/Amazon alternative project to fund

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@flancian @gert If only there was a way all of us could put some of the money we make somewhere so it could be used to crowdfund stuff like this… maybe we could call it… I don’t know… faxes? Paxes? Taxes! That’s it, let’s call it taxes ;)

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@aral @gert haha, of course. but do we want individual nation states running social networks and other internet platforms? and where do I pay taxes for global services?

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