5 years ago: Digital Feudalism and How to Avoid It


I learned a lot in those five years and we’re still working for the same goals. Surveillance Capitalism is worse than it ever was but we also have new hopes: @Purism, Mastodon, @gnome, DAT, …

The one thing I’d change is to replace “open source” with “ethical technology” and “free (as in freedom)” in my words.

@aral @Purism @gnome today I was told that google G Suite for education has 70m+ customers and that in the USA, two schools in three are using it. I haven't checked this figure, but if it is even close to being true we are placing the data of millions of children into the hands of the largest dealer in data on earth - before we even give them a choice.

A whole generation sold into data serfdom.

We have to get the technology you are talking about into the hands of educators.



@StuC @aral @Purism There is also a matter of digital exclusion when you give companies like Google a free pass to educational system.

What happens with students that don't accept the Terms of Use required for using G-Suite or Chromebook?

studies, university, tech exclusion 

re: studies, university, tech exclusion 

@StuC @aral @Purism @comzeradd


ex is grandson of "Son of Sam"

did the 1997 Dali Murders in Brussels, Belgium.

Worth the #respect

@comzeradd @StuC @aral @Purism Those students generally get lower grades and are bullied by their teachers and school administrators into accepting the Terms of Use.

Generally, the ToU for Windows/Mac machines at schools are much worse than that of G-Suite for Education, eg: playing any games would be a CFAA violation. I've seen this as a mandatory click through before logging on in a number of Seattle area school districts.

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