|morlockelloi on Mon, 21 Mar 2016 12:05:27 +0100 (CET)|
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|Re: <nettime> Richard Stallman: Eradicate Facebook!|
Open or closed software doesn't make much difference, it's all about data. An operator cannot 'open' data (like in letting everyone know what the data and its derivatives are) without factoring itself out of the business. On the other hand, there are (yet) no signs that consumers will stop feeding operators data in exchange for convenience and simulated intimacy. The situation is somewhat similar to smoking - bad stuff comes after decades, if ever. Perhaps repurposed ads from anti-smoking campaigns may help. Each handset should be labeled in bold type with slogans like "Using this device can damage your employment and health insurance prospects", "Data transferred with this device can turn you into a prosecutable criminal in less than 5 years", "Usage of this phone can raise your mortgage interest" etc.
I realize that this is a short interview, but I almost wish Stallman hadn't mentioned free software (his particular obsession, obviously, and a reasonable one), which could overshadow some much more basic concerns with FB. Using proprietary software is one thing--maybe it's inherently evil, maybe not--and collecting data on people's every movement is another. It's conceivable, just slightly, that Facebook could open-source all their software and not change their behavior a bit. If someone really wants to smother you, they can probably smother you with
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