Commit 8dee7320 authored by Michał Woźniak's avatar Michał Woźniak
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Engage2020: some additional fixes

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## ...unless it is malice
But of course, there is also malice. Instead of thanking a hacker who informed them they left sensitive information exposed unprotected on the Internet, AT&T sued the person.
But of course, there is also malice. Like companies using legal threats against hackers telling them about their vulnerabilities, instead of fixing them.
Sony distributed a malicious program, basically a rootkit, on their audio CDs. When such a CD was put in a Windows PC, rootkit would exploit the operating system and install itself, only to block the possibility of copying the music.
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These are valid concerns for companies handling almost all human communication.
But here's the thing: they put themselves in this position. They made a decision to become global monopolists, each company within their walled garden. They are now responsible for what happens in them. Them complaining about it now is not acceptable.
But here's the thing: they put themselves in this position. They made a decision to become global monopolists, each company within their walled garden. So now, they are now responsible for what happens in them.
Complaining about direct consequences of their own business decisions is not acceptable.
## Democracy and the future of technology
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## Standards, not monopolies
Of course technology can help, but only once the incentives for the tech sector are aligned with what can actually help.
Of course technology can help, but only once the incentives for the tech sector are aligned with what can actually be beneficial.
Walled gardens do not help. Twitter considering for years whether or not to ban nazis from their platform (because that would mean they'd lose some users, which would affect the stock price) does not help.
Walled gardens do not help. Startup culture does not help. Twitter considering for years whether or not to ban nazis from their platform (because that would mean they'd lose some users, which would affect the stock price) does not help.
There are microblogging platforms that do not harbour the alt-right. They are small, and based on open standards, and collectively called The Fediverse. Every user can say "I don't want to see posts coming from this user, or this server". Every admin can choose to defederate their server from a given other server.
It is possible. There are microblogging platforms that do not harbour the alt-right. They are small, and based on open standards, and collectively called The Fediverse. Every user can say "I don't want to see posts coming from this user, or this server". Every admin can choose to defederate their server from a given other server.
And guess what? The largest cluster of those services remains nazi-free. Without any overbearing singular company or body making a decision for everyone. Without anybody explicitly censoring them. Turns out people don't really like nazis...
And guess what? The largest cluster of those services remains nazi-free (not for the lack of them trying to get in!). Without any overbearing singular company or body making a decision for everyone. Without anybody explicitly censoring them. Turns out people don't really like nazis...
## Move slow and fix things
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