I think this community is a remarkable bastion of what's left of this.
"The Internet of creation disappeared. Now we have surveillance and control."
@z428 this is personal opinion, but: I think democracy came with the lack of centralization and open access for those privileged enough to have access to it. Also I think it means free as in freedom, because companies always charged you to access to the internet from your landline, etc. I guess traffic was never free, but use was. It's an opinionated article but still has good points.
@dfr Well, I partially agree, but "privilege" is a good starting point. From what I see, the "internet of creation" indeed was an internet of the "privileged few" who both could afford access to it and were skilled enough to use it. In a sinister way, the current tech companies did a really (no sarcasm here) great job in making digital technology and all of its means of communication, expression, creativity, ... affordable and easily available to a vast load of people who aren't ...
@dfr ... "privileged" in terms of money (that's why these services are "gratis") or skills (that's why these services are low-bareer and very focussed on usability). Maybe this is the evolution the (Software)Libre movement has to take as well: #SoftwareLibre was at some point (Four Freedoms) about empowering and providing freedoms to users back then, rather than being forced into arcane EULAs and NDAs. Maybe "Libre" right now needs to be about empowering untrained end users to be able to do ...
@dfr ... whatever they want or need to do with technology without having to go through CS study classes and without having to trust corporations or individuals in their environment to do "the right thing"...?
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