🔎 Important new article this week in Jacobin magazine.

It's an important awakening (or reminder) that policy continues a multi-front attack on and digital autonomy by continuing to strengthen and through fearmongering and the spectre of whatever country the boogeyman-of-the-quarter might be. 1/4


⚠️ The article rightly points out the thin line between national "" & "digital " -- through governments, or the corporations those they coddle/empower.

It also reminds us that for non-US leaders, "increasingly, the biggest threat to the future of the internet is the United States".

(Including nonprofits, who've increasingly been exposed in building and deploying systems that are misused to abuse human rights like privacy.)




💡 It leaves out the important reminder that many of the used to create this so-called "public " have their roots in , which allows citizens to control of their own "digital lives" without government or quasi-government corporate as intermediary.

e.g., I may have a Chinese-made phone sold with Google's spyware, but because it's I am free to install a privacy-protecting OS instead.



✊🏽 There is a path forward for citizen-level digital autonomy out there, and software freedom is at its core.

Keep pushing for investment in, support for, and use of these alternative products.

"We should absolutely be concerned about governments surveilling their populations and tech companies monetizing people’s data without their consent. But when naming those responsible, the list should include Jeff Bezos and Joe Biden alongside Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin."



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