For-profit corporations funding the only source of information for millions of people that they still don’t control? What could possibly go wrong?
“Seems like Facebook is going downhill for here. Perhaps opportunity to convert it into a global coop?” When I saw this question asked online, I couldn’t help but repeat asking how to convert Facebook, Twitter and similar platforms into a global coop is not the right question. The right question is: WHY should anyone do such a thing? What good would it make?
Today, a former Washington Post publisher and Facebook board member rightly opposed requests “for the regulation of big technology companies”… but omitting a crucial point. In “Think very carefully before regulating speech”, Mr. Graham rightly observes that:
- The percloud (“permanent/personal cloud”) is the simple, integrated alternative to Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Flickr, Dropbox… that I first proposed in 2013. Yesterday, the P2P Foundation stimulated new discusssions about the percloud, by re-publishing the 2017 version of the proposal (now superseded, see below!!!) on their blog. I will try to answer all the feedback received in the next days, but there is one thing I already want to share: click for higher resolution version When I first proposed the percloud, many hackers just answered “NO!
An article by Roger McNamee titled “How to Fix Facebook - Before it fixes us” does a great job of describing the problems created by Facebook or any other platforms working in the same way, but contradicts itself when it proposes certain kinds of regulatory fixes. Those fixes are:
Here’s an explanation (*) of why I do not like the Google technology and service called AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages).
- XML pioneer and early blogger Tim Bray says that Google maybe suffers of deliberate memory loss. I may have found more evidence that this is the case. Bray writes that: “I think Google has stopped indexing the older parts of the Web. I think I can prove it. Google’s competition is doing better.” Bray’s case: a 2006 review Back in 2006, Bray published on his own blog a review of a Lou Reed album.
The “Law of Unintended Consequences” states that “an intervention in a complex system tends to create unanticipated and often undesirable outcomes”. I wonder if some 100% legitimate aspirations and well-intentioned proposals to make the internet less “white and western” may have just such consequences.
Please have a look at this scary title, just appeared on the Web: