đź”— If You Are Not Paying You are the Product ,Maybe Not?

Pluralistic: Paying for it doesn’t make it a market (22 Apr 2024) — Pluralistic: Daily links from Cory Doctorow

MLK said that “the law can’t make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me.” It’s impossible to get tech bosses to believe you deserve care and decency, but you can stop them from abusing you. The way to do that is by making them fear you — by abolishing the laws that create lock-in, by legally enshrining a right to privacy, by protecting competition.


Agree or disagree with Corey Doctorow you can’t say he does not have a point of view that is backed up with facts and research. I have no idea how is he able to put out so much good stuff. I agree with his overall thesis here. If you want markets (especially in tech) to work you have to start with privacy laws and enforcing laws surrounding competition. For the first time in a generation the US government seems to be understanding this. That is not to say they will not take losses given the makeup of the courts, however you keep going and you keep trying. You can’t have “free markets” without competition and that is a big part of the equation that has been forgotten going on 50 years.

April 22, 2024