It makes me feel a mixture of surprise and tedium to keep finding gmail addresses on mailing lists of alternative projects that claim to be fighting against the big megacorporations.
Years ago I wrote this article for indymedia colleagues who invited me to a telegram group, and for others who started communicating via twitter in preparation for indymedia’s 20th anniversary celebration.
My grandmother used to tell us that when she arrived in the neighbourhood with her mother and her two brothers, there were only two buildings on Lersundi Street: the nuns’ school and the six-storey house where four generations of our family lived, including their own. And everything else was fields.
You are not bothered that they mine your behavior to better sell your eyeballs to advertisers.
One problem, however, is that governments around the world are using these private corporations as a vast multiplier of state power. The big email providers won’t disclose how many requests for data they get from the government. Continue reading →