Greum Maol Stevenson

SurveillanceCapitalism

I have had several conversations with people who, when I argue that it is morally indefensible to use Twttr, respond by saying, “But that’s where people are.” Most of the people who say that are writers trying to promote their books on there, and they seem not to realise that if social media helped sell books, they would be among the world’s bestselling authors, which, to make an enormous understatement, they are not.

The alternative to Twttr, Mastodon, is not only morally superior to surveillance capitalism (which is not difficult), it is superior in its effectiveness as media. One of the writers on there I find the most interesting is Aral Balkan, a creator of Small Tech. A recent post of his shows that Twtter is simply not fit for purpose:

screenshot of mastodon, details in post

#AralBalkan #SmallTech #fediverse #mastodon #SurveillanceCapitalism #algorithm #ScottishBlogs

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A graph of the relationships between users on Facebook

Protesting Fcbk’s spying is absurd if you do it on Fcbk.

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I have written previously about activist organisations whose (in)activity is mostly, if not entirely, confined to social media/surveillance capitalism.

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Love unites.

If you doubt this, look at how love has brought together so many people with violently opposing political views. Left or right wing, they share a common love — their love for surveillance capitalism.

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I spent most of January 6 reading news updates about the attempted coup in the US. I lived there for 22 years, and was among the minority on the left who predicted that Trump would become President, but, even though I left immediately after he was sworn in, I never imagined it becoming so dystopian so quickly. I am grateful to be in Scotland.

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Dear Mr Murray,

You are an impressively meticulous reporter. You are also thin-skinned and self-absorbed, and, as I have previously written (while defending you), you have a tendency to embarrass yourself when you take things personally.

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In his latest report from the show-trial that is Julian Assange's “extradition hearing,” Craig Murray writes:

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Not all websites track you. This one does not, and neither does Gerry Hassan's. But here are some that do (information found using Blacklight):

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Do not use Ggl, use Duckduckgo.

Do not use iMssg or SMS or FcTim or Whtspp, use Signal.

Do not use Zm, use Jitsi.

Do not use Twttr, use Mastodon.

Do not use Pootube or Vimeo, use Peertube.

For email, use Fastmail or Protonmail.

Instead of Nstgrm, use Pixelfed.

Instead of Fcbk, talk to your friends.

And if you are reading this, you are viewing the blogging platform you should use: Write.as.

#ethicaltech #dontbeevil #surveillancecapitalism #onlineprivacy #digitalprivacy #digitalsecurity #tracking #scottishblogs

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There are activists, and journalists, and people who are both, who have blind spots about the dangers of surveillance technology even when writing about it.

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