Really long read, but very well thought out essay on #facebook, #techutopia and how ex-tech employees often still promote this gospel (and we should listen more to those who have been consistent critics), how critical dependencies should be run in the #publicinterest, and more
As a framework for discussing the ills of companies like Facebook and Google, the concept of “surveillance capitalism” has much about it that is appealing to many—for it manages to keep afloat the utopian hopes associated with the early Internet, while still acknowledging that something has gone very wrong.
As a way of naming the problem “surveillance capitalism” does an impressive job of simultaneously placing and blunting the blame: the problem is the technology…but only the parts of it that are constantly spying on users; the problem is capitalism…but not really capitalism (as such) but just this particular mutation of it.
@michel_slm Ah, but we live in a day and age when sovereign states willingly sell off their vital infrastructure like energy and telecoms to private companies.
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