If you’re a developer in 2021 and you’re adding tracking devices from Google, Facebook, etc., to your sites and apps, the one thing you can’t do any longer is to feign innocence. You know exactly what you’re doing and you’re complicit in perpetuating surveillance capitalism.


@aral One question. No offense. Just want to understand your thoughts.

You always complain about FLOSS conferences and stuff being funded by Google, Facebook etc. I see this with pain, too. You are using Let's Encrypt for your website, which is / was funded by Google. Where do you draw the line between acceptable or not?

@marco @aral you draw the line where you can. For instance, I seriously doubt you can buy a laptop or computer that doesn’t have Chinese child labor issues somewhere in the supply chain. Can we simply say no to computers?

@marco I will happily use their stuff if it doesn’t come with strings attached. What I won’t do is legitimise them. A privacy conference sponsored by Google legitimises Google on privacy just as a conference on healthy living sponsored by Philip Morris would legitimise them or a conference on environmentalism sponsored by ExxonMobil would legitimise them. I draw the line at not taking money from and legitimising surveillance capitalists.

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