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Don’t use Google AMP

“Google AMP is bad news for how the web is built, it’s bad news for publishers of credible online content, and it’s bad news for consumers of that content. Google AMP is only good for one party: Google.” –

“If I had my way, Mobile Safari would refuse to render AMP pages. It’s a deliberate effort by Google to break the open web.” –


Via @ZiiX

Google “wants to guess the question before you ask it.”

Ask yourself: how well must a company know me to do that? What else can they do if they know me so well?


Emma Holten and I spoke at a conference in Århus recently and the lovely folks at DR P1 covered it in their radio show Harddisken (in Danish).

#SurveillanceCapitalism #Privacy #HumanRights

Is Facebook Taking Its First Steps Into VR Surveillance?

“Virtual Reality, for a people-farmer like Facebook, is the ultimate behavioral analysis lab,” said Balkan. “It can control every factor, from the lighting to every sound you hear and gauge and analyze your responses.”

#SurveillanceCapitalism #VR #AR

I’m on Inside Story on Al Jazeera English at 17:30 GMT today, talking about the toxic business models of people farmers like Facebook & Google and how we must move beyond #SurveillanceCapitalism to create commons-based, decentralised, interoperable, free & open ethical technologies to afford us individual sovereignty & a healthy commons and thereby safeguard our democracy. (I also mentioned Mastodon) ;)

Watch live:

The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked by Carole Cadwalladr

“We are in the midst of a massive land grab for power by billionaires via our data. Data which is being silently amassed, harvested and stored. Whoever owns this data owns the future.”

Read this. One of the most important pieces of journalism on #SurveillanceCapitalism this year.

Facebook helped advertisers target teens who feel “worthless”

“Facebook's algorithms can determine, and allow advertisers to pinpoint, ‘moments when young people need a confidence boost.’”

Can estimate when teens feel “worthless,” “insecure,” “defeated,” “anxious,” “silly,” “useless,” “stupid,” “overwhelmed,” “stressed,” and “a failure.”



@6gain #SurveillanceCapitalism is certainly harder when there isn't the same "real names" requirement to produce a robust social graph which advertisers can use.
An observation about #SurveillanceCapitalism is that merely moving to a federated system such as gnusocial does not prevent Google or Facebook from collecting it all, but it does prevent them from manipulating timelines, inserting ads or unilaterally censoring people.