5 years ago: Digital Feudalism and How to Avoid It
The one thing I’d change is to replace “open source” with “ethical technology” and “free (as in freedom)” in my words.
@aral Great talk. What do you make of services which aren't open source, but state clear alignment with privacy -- subscription instead of ads, no data mining (or even end-to-end encryption), easy data export?
@aral What do you think of something like this: https://github.com/jamesisaac/product-pledges . Hasn't left draft status as I'm not sure it's a particularly bullet-proof solution. WhatsApp a good counter example as network effects are so strong that it's too late for people to leave even with ample notice, but for apps with a good single-user utility I can see it helping. Do you think that sort of approach could help / is there something similar I'm not aware of?
@aral (For an example of how it looks to an end-user, who isn't concerned with the exact clauses)
The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Own your data with Mastodon!