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@schestowitz Wow, now that’s Silicon Valley propaganda if I ever saw it. This article basically parrots every Silicon Valley/Singularity University talking point.

We don’t want digital giants. Digital giants are the problem. Surveillance Capitalism and the Silicon Valley model are the problem. It’s not something to recreate in Europe, it is a virus to inoculate ourselves against and fight.

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Europe might not have "digital giants", but in my living memory (I first became curious about tech as a young boy in late 1970s) it has had a tech industry that operates independently of that of the USA, there are still a lot of *useful* things (embedded systems, SCADA, alarm and signalling equipment etc) are made here that work outside of the surveillance tech ecosystem, often overlooked by tech press as they are taken for granted and not "cool"?

@aral @schestowitz Yes. The point isn't to build a European Google. That wouldn't really solve anything.

Within the Silicon Valley frame the reason why there isn't a European equivalent is all down to the mythology. People have confidence in companies like Microsoft and Google as trusted brands, even if it has absolutely no rational basis. There's the general belief that the US produces good technology (in reality sometimes true, sometimes not). The mythology means that individuals and companies default to using US produced technology and there is no political pressure to fund local software production, which would happen if confidence in the US was greatly reduced.
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