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I wish he'd omitted the silly paeans to Johnson and Brexit, and the stupid swipe at pastiche “identity politics”. But much otherwise of interest in this speech. If only more public policy debate could be had at this level. More thoughts later

Cens-Ursula strikes again and tries to attack our security and privacy on the net with the behind her. Thereby she ignores the mass protests against upload filter censorship machines. Yesterday the draft regulation was published:

As rapporteur I am proud to present the most ambitious #DigitalServicesAct opinion yet feat.
✅ right to anonymity and #notracking
✅ ban on new mandatory #uploadfilters
✅ making messenger services interoperable
Thanks for contributing!

EU Commission announces plans for "European digital identity", which we should "use for everything", from online shopping to tax returns. The German Federal Constitutional Court has banned lifetime personal identification numbers because they encourage screening. Using multiple profiles and pseudonyms is of existential importance for many people and groups! What we really need is decentralized identity servers of your own choice that are interoperable.

Global tech businesses whining of not being able to break the law any more.

It's annoying to see the ease with which the tech industry abuses the #Covid pandemic to reduce people's fundamental rights. #privacy #digitalrights

If you don’t have time to read thousands of pages of digital competition policy reviews, here’s my mega-TL;dr Fujita scale of , from/explained further in v2 of my second preprint:

“After covid: 'Working from home' is long term ambition”

A 30% target, and the Welsh gov is exploring a network of "community-based working hubs", for those who want to work near to home but with others around.

💥 Second of my preprints now at @lawarxiv: The technical components of as a tool for competition regulation. Some zinger interview reports in there 😏 All feedback welcome! 💥

"Just because there is now a multi-billion-dollar industry based on the abject betrayal of our privacy doesn’t mean the sociopaths who built it have any right whatsoever to continue getting away with it"

Great post!

“Thank goodness”, is my gut reaction.

I want a fridge to last 15+ years. I don’t trust a fridge manufacturer to issue security updates for 15+ years.

QT edent: Seven years later and there still aren't any (mainstream) Internet connected appliances.
All I want is an API to tell me the temperature of my fridge, an alert to say if its door is open, or the washing machine spin cycle has finished, or if the dishwasher needs more salt etc.

You know how the Curse of the Monkey's paw works: a cursed object grants all of your wishes, but in the worst way possible: "be careful what you wish for."

That's what we're living through with Big Tech right now.

I'm all for regulating Big Tech, but not all regulation is created equal. Some regulation can dampen the power of Big Tech, while other regulation can make it permanent, even creating powerful stakeholders for monopolies within government.


On the Human Centred Design show, @aral talks with service designer Gerry Scullion about the role of design in surveillance capitalism. Enjoy Sensibly spent 45minutes:

The game plan

1. Build a garden
2. Lure people into the garden
3. Imprison the people inside by building a wall around the garden
4. Gradually destroy the garden and build a shopping mall in its place 🤑

Capitalism: 1
People: 0

How about an act of Parliament to move power from publishers (like, say, the Stationers’ Company) to authors/creators, and purchasers.

We could push this through just before 10 past 5 in the afternoon - say, 1709.

QT RAC: Recorded music made 21 billion last year. Artists got 20%.

The music industry is patting itself on the back but I think it's rather pathetic. The average person consumes 26 hrs of music a week.

21bil / 7bil = $3 per year

Honestly, does that seem fair to you?

Sure. But some centralised, co-ordinated regulatory help would *really* assist controllers and processors who can’t afford significant lawyer time.

QT NicholasVinocur: Europe's privacy watchdogs are saying it's up to companies themselves - not regulators - to say whether EU data will be safe in third countries, including USA, despite top court citing US surveillance as major risk for Europeans' data @vmanancourt

Privacy notice for your new brain chip:

* We take the security of your thoughts very seriously.

* We will only share your thoughts with carefully selected third parties.

Excerpts from the terms and conditions for your brain chip:

* We reserve the right to upgrade your brain chip from time to time. We will give you 24 hours’ notice of updates. You might experience impaired, reduced, or unusual brain activity while your update is installed.

Every monopolist's first preference is to be totally unregulated, but every monopolist's SECOND preference is to be regulated in a way that only a monopolist can comply with, thus foreclosing on the possibility of competition from an as-yet-nonexistent upstart.

Look at AT&T, or, as it was known in its monopolistic glory days, "The Bell System."


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For those who want to read Cory Doctorow's recent book about surveillance capitalism and don't want to put up with Medium's BS, I created a Wallabag public link.

Ah, the “if we say it enough, it must be true” approach.

QT HonkHase: Tech firms “can and must” put #backdoor's in #encryption

US Attorney General W. Barr today launched a new front in the feds' ongoing fight against consumer encryption, railing against the common security practice and lamenting the "victims" in its wake.

"Societies should support the development of software, hardware and other technology in the same way as they support scientific research and education. The results of the public efforts would be in the public domain, freely available and freely modifiable. Black boxes, lock-ins, excessive productization and many other abominations would be marginalized."

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