Aral’s Mastodon#surveillancecapitalism

@aral Great news! However, isn't the title The Internet of People somewhat misleading because it evokes the impression that technology is not discussed as a whole in the 7th pillar? Of course due to IOT, technology will mostly be connected soon but hopefully there will still be alternative, unconnected technology solutions..
This pillar will focus on progressive and decentralized technology in general, correct?
#SurveillanceCapitalism #InternetOfPeople #p-7 #diem25

Internet of People voted in at DiEM25

Our proposal to add a 7th pillar to DiEM25’s Progressive Agenda for Europe—the Internet of People; a progressive technology policy for Europe—was approved by the Validating Council by 95.65% of the vote.

We will be drafting a compelling democratic, decentralised, and progressive counter-narrative to Silicon Valley’s

Our proposal to add a 7th pillar to DiEM25’s Progressive Agenda for Europe – the Internet of People; a progressive technology policy for Europe – was approved by the Validating Council by 95.65% of the vote.

I look forward to working with all of you to draft a compelling democratic, decentralised, and progressive counter-narrative to Silicon Valley’s #SurveillanceCapitalism


Bonjour, Lausanne!

I’m in Lausanne to give the opening keynote of UX Lausanne this morning. The topic, of course, is ethical design and how we must resist Silicon Valley's toxic business model of people farming and create a compelling democratic counter narrative to .

CC minutes hot-take, continued:

“it was decided to start organizing FB live talks”

So on the one hand we are moving to vote on an initiative to create policy to regulate the abuses of #SurveillanceCapitalism and, on the other, we are pushing Facebook Live to have talks with members.

This makes no sense.

Why wasn’t approved as the first step?

I can tell you I will categorically not take part in any FB Live events and I object to our use of FB Live when FOSS alternatives exist.

What was the role of Cambridge Analytica and psychographics in the EU referendum?

Was Britain’s EU referendum hijacked by the American alt-right using a technique known as psychographics?
BBC Newsnight’s Gabriel Gatehouse reports on the data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica. (Video)

@Antanicus Which is why must go beyond criticism to articulating inspiring counter narratives like we’re doing at DiEM25.

e.g., DiEM25’s tech initiative to draft a counter-narrative to Silicon Valley #SurveillanceCapitalism ( & as Silicon Valley’s tools will never dismantle neoliberalism’s house*

a patent from Wal-mart Stores: "Apparatus and method for surveying premises of a customer"
why not profiling customers with drones? sounds just exactly like any other dystopian novel after all...

Un avantage dU #Brexit: ne pas plus se sentir obligé à parler que l'Anglias pour peure d'être trop provincial.

As it happens, provincialism is now the mark of anglo-american #surveillanceCapitalism, while in Europe a much more problematic view of the data society is currently thriving. Alternative, long-term-profitable business models will be the next step.

Go EU!

Transition proposal:

Gmail › Zoho Mail
YouTube › Vimeo
Twitter › Mastodon
Facebook › VK

Why? No more making you the product that is sold to the platform's clients (through ads) and making the first steps out of #SurveillanceCapitalism towards an Economy for the Common Good:

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).

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.”

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 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 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.