.@bob makes a really important point here:
We are not tech companies' customers.
Advertisers/databrokers are tech companies' customers, because it's advertisers who are the tech companies source of income.
Even traditional manufacturers like Ford are moving in this direction:
The only way to fix big tech like Facebook, Google, Microsoft etc is to change their business model and/or have extremely strict penalties for data misuse.
It's a bit like the industry tycoons at the start of the 20the Century; there's a concentration of wealth and influence among a small group that even legislators don't really know what to do about it. In the case of say, Rockefeller and Carnegie, they got bored with their wealth before anyone actually stopped them.
Part of the problem seems to have been the traditional view of monopolies as only being bad if they drive prices up. If you go with this view, FB/Google etc services are "free" so they cannot be monopolies.
Lawmakers don't seem to consider the social, commercial and political risks of surveillance-based business models, because they haven't existed until now.
I believe in a middle way, some ethical big data with transparency, but absolutely not all under control of just one foreign country.
Non commercial is not an alternative, from a society point of view, because it doesn't affect that monopoly on ads at all. It becomes smaller, but is still a foreign monopoly with very serious risks. We need more ethical companies. Better alternatives.
Accountability is an interesting problem that the state doesn't always solve, China is probably the most egregious example.
Valley firms have passed a point where they stop themselves now, it seems to be a given they'll press on further with more intrusive data gathering because the scale has now got so large.
@switchingsocial @bob @sullybiker I belive the way forward is to create competing companies with a better business model, while still offering the real customers what they want, but in a more ethical way
That means selling ads, but not megacorp style, more sensible to also save society from chaos. And giving users a way to opt out of ads and big data. Important to have transparency and less targeting on political ads. Important to break the "monopoly".
I was able to disconnect OnStar in my GM car by pulling its fuse, but it broke the compass and now I have to set the clock manually, because apparently the car's GPS functionality (which is otherwise inaccessible without paying for it) is part of the OnStar board.
You can't do this at all with a Tesla AFAIK. Maybe they won't sell your data but I imagine fishing-net subpoenas will only get more common.
I tried to buy a pizza yesterday using a coupon code the company had sent me via email. I call it in, he tells me to get the deal I have to go online & order it through their website or app.
We're expected to create a damn account with every company we want to business with.
Besides tracking us, they only cater to the "haves". No smartphone or internet = no discount for you. That loses my business.
Eventually I won't have a choice but for now I do.
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