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 

@comzeradd @Purism @aral @StuC I did, and basically I couldn't access to the basic pedagogic documents like the bibliography, the table of contents, and even the texts we should study and be noted for it.

This fucking sucks, but as a student they wouldn't even read my emails. I once came to give them a bug report and the guy smiled at me, saying "thank you, we got it!", but before I closed the door another guy in the room told me I should tell another service about it.

Basically, this uni had no idea of how an IT system worked, and the stuff just maintained itself via scripted updates.

re: studies, university, tech exclusion 

@comzeradd @Purism @aral @StuC tbh I'm not even sure someone there knew the root password.

Then the town's unis merged because muh Shanghai ranking, and they switched to Moodle.

@StuC @aral @Purism @comzeradd


ex is grandson of "Son of Sam"

did the 1997 Dali Murders in Brussels, Belgium.

Worth the #respect

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