This is a public service announcement: by saying "IT is crap because users still buy it" you are effectively blaming the victim.

There is a huge information and resources asymmetry between large companies creating software and hardware, and regular person who just wants their Internet-connected device to, you know, not do harm. Companies effectively made a business model out of that asymmetry.

We need education and regulation to make IT not crap.


If you try to tell people their television literally spies on them (, most people will think you're some kind of nutcase.

I worry that people will only start to accept reality if we go through some kind of horrific Stasi-type scenario, but by then it may be too late to do anything about it 😟



I've been trying to introduce some fellow activists (not your average Joe Clueless ) to concepts like digital self defence, de-Googling, encryption and decentralisation and believe me when I say the resistance to these ideas is fierce, ranging from "Facebook is easy" to "Google drive is free", to "how can this help us"


@Antanicus Same here. Activists seem very focussed on their causes, also because those most of the time take quiteca lot energy itself. Most people see computers and digital communication as mere tools to use for their purposes, that's also why a lot of people keep doing their stuff using Facebook or WhatsApp rather than wasting their time getting people on another comm channel which doesn't help their cause.
@switchingsocial @rysiek

@Antanicus @switchingsocial it takes time, but people do get it eventually. Also, it's important to find examples that resonate. It's not easy.

@rysiek @Antanicus

Yeah... effective examples are obvious once you know them, but difficult to come up with 😕

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