Aral Balkan @aral

Why we won’t be applying for the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship shortlist ( was among the 85 longlisted candidates)

TL;DR: Because Google is a sponsor and we don’t want to be associated with a surveillance capitalist.

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@aral Google/Microsoft sponsors most FOSS and Freedom (-related) organisations available right now.

It is a handsoff deal and the companies have no say in the organisation.

@miwilc Not all. Money is influence. We’d rather say no to money than to legitimise them.

The point we will start to win the war against Big Data is the same as the point we started to win against Big Tobacco – when it started becoming socially unacceptable (before that, remember that doctors used to be on tobacco ads). All we’re saying is that we won't be those doctors and we hope others won't be also.

@aral Was is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. Surveillance is privacy?