I was speaking with a family member today about job posting site and one of the sites uses Google and/or Social Sign on. I discouraged the use of it and instead encouraged traditional login method i.e. username/email, I am shocked and depressed to let you guys know that they didn't care, I told them that Google login supported by the site explicitly requested full account access which is a big no from me. To which their reply was I use it all the time and it's safe, everyone uses it. (1/2)
Today was one of the best and worst day in my life.
Best because it opened my eyes to the real world state of users(consooomers) and powerlessness of being on the opposing side.
India has one of the biggest userbase for Google, Tiktok, Facebook, Pubg, etc.
I have no more words to describe my apathy.
@null0x0 It is truly sad. My parents just don't seem to understand, and get this—my dad works in tech!
Slightly unrelated (& political): they insist on using Aarogya Setu despite me having explained to why mass surveillance is bad and the government forcing something on you is most definitely nefarious. Ugh.
Yeah! It's a battle that can't be won because the decision is already made one side.
@null0x0 This is why I've reached the point where what I care about is supporting the people who want to help themselves. If that's just our tiny little corner of the digital world, so be it.
We can reach out and help one another, be ready with open arms for those who come also looking for freedom, and focus on building & strengthening the alternatives so there's always a choice.
We are not powerless, because even the tiniest alternative to exploitative tech helps make people more free.
@freedcreative @null0x0 my level of hope for a wider adoption of a more sensible social web is like a yo-yo these days.
One day I see all the amazing copyleft, decentralised solutions inhabited by wonderful diverse caring folks, and can’t think of a different future than seeing people switching slowly but surely.
The next day I see how pervasive the corporate centralised web is and how apathetic people are to trying something different even in the face of huge scandals.
@stragu It's beyond me too. I can't understand why people aren't flocking to alternatives in droves due to the repeated abuse revelations.
I wonder if the irony of hosting National Reconciliation Week events on digitally colonialist platforms is evident to anyone involved in organising them.
I do think the easier it gets to access alternatives the more it's going to help too though. Things like the increasing number of devices pre-loaded with privacy respecting operating systems, fedi apps providing imports from mainstream platforms, libre software becoming more and more viable options for professional work.
It does keep getting better and better, which I think will help make jumping over easier for people.
Yes! I agree, it's easy to give up now than to start it all again! I took a small break and I am feeling better.
@null0x0 Lo siento I feel it. I really do.
I bristle every time I even hear people - human persons - being referred to as mere 'consumers'. How insulting and degrading! Mere untermenschen for the corporate machine!
Or 'Human resources'. That's another good one. As if we're a mineral or a crop to be mined or farmed.
But please, don't succumb to apathy. It's not all on your shoulders.
You don't need to win the war on your own. Just choose a few battles. Those you can win and make good at.
I agree! I shouldn't get ahead of myself here! I do t wage war but seek understanding, want to vent because I see nowhere else to go and scream by displeasure.
@null0x0 I'm from India and i know how bad it is. It's very hard to convince people about how much having " data privacy" matters. It might also be because we have worse problems to deal with. But this tradeoff with privacy is not worth.
The more private you go, the less convenient your life becomes. And it's the "less convenient" life is what people are reluctant to have.
Your last sentence sums up the issue very well. We have major economic and educational issues which exacerbate this issue greatly. See Tiktok or Asstagram(IG) etc..
People praise the rich and shun the poor here even though it's hypocritical.
It sums up to better quality of education and economic empowerment which means better decision making is possible.
Social Media works in the reward mechanism by design. People are addicted to social media is because it rewards them for showing the best of their lives. So they are always chasing what best they could do next.
I had been the victim of this system myself and it took me a very long time and a lot of research and reading to get out of this architecture of oppression.
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