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Grant Potter

"people are increasingly souring on the surveillance state Skinner boxes like Facebook and Twitter." https://kottke.org/18/04/blogging-is-most-certainly-not-dead

Grant Potter

http://files.networkeffects.ca/Bigother.pdf "Surveillance capitalism challenges democratic norms & departs in key ways from the centuries-long evolution of market capitalism."

Grant Potter

"We're very much in the 'radium underpants' stage of the surveillance economy." http://idlewords.com/talks/haunted_by_data.htm

Grant Potter

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/02/stupid-cities/553052/ "I used to imagine that time was on the side of the internet’s infrastructure providers—that we were in for a flat world of torrenting, friction-free data. That could well have happened, but it didn’t pay off fast enough; instead, today’s surveillance-marketing business model set in, and with it the realization that “information about you wants to be free to us.”

Grant Potter

Surveillance Capitalism and Digital Redlining - conversation with @hypervisible & @acroom

Grant Potter

https://www.wired.com/story/free-speech-issue-tech-turmoil-new-censorship "The freedom of speech is an important democratic value, but it’s not the only one. In the liberal tradition, free speech is usually understood as a vehicle—a necessary condition for achieving certain other societal ideals: for creating a knowledgeable public; for engendering healthy, rational, and informed debate; for holding powerful people and institutions accountable; for keeping communities lively and vibrant. What we are seeing now is that when free speech is treated as an end and not a means, it is all too possible to thwart and distort everything it is supposed to deliver."

"Creating a knowledgeable public requires at least some workable signals that distinguish truth from falsehood. Fostering a healthy, rational, and informed debate in a mass society requires mechanisms that elevate opposing viewpoints, preferably their best versions. To be clear, no public sphere has ever fully achieved these ideal conditions—but at least they were ideals to fail from. Today’s engagement algorithms, by contrast, espouse no ideals about a healthy public sphere."

"By this point, we’ve already seen enough to recognize that the core business model underlying the Big Tech platforms—harvesting attention with a massive surveillance infrastructure to allow for targeted, mostly automated advertising at very large scale—is far too compatible with authoritarianism, propaganda, misinformation, and polarization. The institutional antibodies that humanity has developed to protect against censorship and propaganda thus far—laws, journalistic codes of ethics, independent watchdogs, mass education—all evolved for a world in which choking a few gatekeepers and threatening a few individuals was an effective means to block speech. They are no longer sufficient."

Grant Potter

http://idlewords.com/talks/ancient_web.htm "This is the power that radio has to persuade through emotion, repetition, familiarity, and tone, rather than facts or argument. A good radio broadcast makes you feel like a part of something bigger, even as you listen alone."

"We have to assume the new technologies we invent will concentrate power, too. There is always a gap between mass adoption and the first skillful political use of a medium. With the Internet, we are crossing that gap right now."

"Radios don't just talk to us anymore, they listen, and they know how to whisper algorithmically-targeted messages to us in ways we’ll find persuasive.

"It is a scary world we're building. And building it this way is a choice, not a necessity. We can't un-invent the Internet, but we can decide that the right way to fund it is not by building a Panopticon."

"The Utopian qualities that made us love the web have not disappeared, even as it's become centralized and corporate, and we can find ways to defend and express them in our work.

The important thing is to recognize that there is a fight, and a need for individual acts of creative resilience.

We have to make sure that the powerful don't get comfortable using our tools. And we have to find ways to dismantle the surveillance economy before it becomes a poltical weapon turned against our democracy. "

Grant Potter

The @citizenlab Security Planner https://securityplanner.org/

Grant Potter

https://irlpodcast.org/episode5/ "That’s what’s happening with privacy. We have outsourced costs, we have privatized gains, and then to make things even worse, states depend on private actors doing surveillance so that they can raid that data in order to spy on all of us, something that they’ve decided is just normal, natural, proportional and indeed essential to the preservation of the modern state."

Grant Potter

https://nplusonemag.com/online-only/online-only/commercial-surveillance-state/ "The appropriate solution to a large-scale political problem is a policy program that directly confronts large-scale surveillance, precision targeting, and behavioral experimentation"