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Extreme solutions to privacy/software ethics concerns 

Nationalize Google and release all its copyrights and patents into the public domain.

The surviving Big Tech companies will be scared so far out of their minds that they won't touch another neural network for a decade.

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A bill implementing said extreme solution 

A bill to address abuse of digital technology by a certain corporation

Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

That the California corporation Alphabet Inc. shall be acquired in full by the United States, by way of eminent domain, and any copyrights or patents owned by said corporation or its subsidiaries shall immediately enter the public domain, effective immediately.

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RE: A bill implementing said extreme solution 

Only just realized immediately effective immediately. I guess that's why they put bills through committees...

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A bill implementing said extreme solution 

@alexbuzzbee

Hmm...

Like, I totally understand the reasoning, but as a non-American it is kind of terrifying to imagine the US government having that kind of direct power over the internet.

I suppose that it isn't that much different than the status quo, whereby the US has that power by proxy through a corporation, but y'all made Agent Orange your president so...

US law 

@msh Congress has virtually absolute power over interstate/foreign commerce (so basically all commerce). But, because Congress can never agree on anything controversial, they never use it to this kind of degree. That's how the US Constitution is designed, and it works pretty well when there are sane people in it. We have some work to do on that front though.

RE: A bill implementing said extreme solution 

@alexbuzzbee There _might_ be an argument for that language. Though yes ;-)

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@dredmorbius I think I was trying to apply the "effective immediately" bit to the eminent domain, but in that case the first "immediately" should have been removed.

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@alexbuzzbee Yes, I get that.

But noting that a committment must be both _made_ and _effective_ immediately does actually cover two distinct characteristics.

It might not be what you were _trying_ to say. But it is a thing that _can_ be said.

One of the reasons language-lawyering is A Thing.

Extreme solutions to privacy/software ethics concerns 

@alexbuzzbee socialize tech altogether

Extreme solutions to privacy/software ethics concerns 

@alexbuzzbee Oh wow, that would terrify me. Hell no I could not support that.

Extreme solutions to privacy/software ethics concerns 

@alexbuzzbee @Stoori We get sold the idea of owning less and renting stuff as consumers, but corporations owning less is a much more radical idea. If they truly want to support sharing and open knowledge, they should share their algorithms and derived insights about the world. #platforms

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