5 years ago: Digital Feudalism and How to Avoid It

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I learned a lot in those five years and we’re still working for the same goals. Surveillance Capitalism is worse than it ever was but we also have new hopes: @Purism, Mastodon, @gnome, DAT, …

The one thing I’d change is to replace “open source” with “ethical technology” and “free (as in freedom)” in my words.

@aral @Purism @gnome today I was told that google G Suite for education has 70m+ customers and that in the USA, two schools in three are using it. I haven't checked this figure, but if it is even close to being true we are placing the data of millions of children into the hands of the largest dealer in data on earth - before we even give them a choice.

A whole generation sold into data serfdom.

We have to get the technology you are talking about into the hands of educators.

How?

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In case you wanted to know what their COPPA compliance looks like: cloud.google.com/security/comp

Consent is mandatory, i.e. there is no opt-out of data collection with G Suite accounts. No parent/guardian consent = no G Suite.

This is the template they offer to schools: support.google.com/a/answer/73

They claim not to use collected data for advertising. They mention sharing data for policing, but not limited to law enforcement, or legal policing.

@rook @aral @Purism @gnome well COPPA was passed in 1998 (I think) but as late as 2014 the previous incarnation of this product was the subject of a number of law suites involving an even older law FERPA. Why because Google were doing exactly what they say they now do not do. Profiling for advertising.

Google's business model is monetising your digital online self. It's like putting a fox amongst chickens and telling it to "Stay".

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a forum I help moderate which was very popular with teens and young adults in 2000s had COPPA compliance built in to the software; ISTR it was fairly toothless and more to keep younger users in order and make it easy for a private org owning the online resource to deal with disputes amongst them.

We ignored it and instead voluntarily complied with accepted practice for social networks in the UK and EU as these were fairer and more effective..

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