Has anyone written about, or formed a view of the future, where 'we the public', live our digital social lives in privacy without being prey to too much corporate manipulation?

Things that come to mind:
# independant floss software systems/servers
# universal encryption
# a sensible way to fund free communications, and safe online social living

(just noticed i spelt FOSS as floss :D . maybe we should all have a good digital floss? )

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@papa Seriously, i have read snippits here and there of good ideas for the future. I think Edward Snowdon the guy who leaked the US intelligence put it best, calling for universal encryption. But i have not read anything that paints a picture of the future where any of this would work.

@mikeao The problem is getting general users to care.

@papa Yes it seems so. But while there is no alternative vision of the future, it's easier for people to stick their heads in the sand maybe.

@mikeao Free, Libre, Open. I use FLOSS like that. ^_^

@mikeao @salixlucida
That third one is good. Vital.
I'd add: "folks in general giving a damn about data security".
("Transparent" encryption just means you are trusting someone else - and that's how we got here.)

@shadowfirebird @salixlucida Yes not many people seem to understand the new digital economy, or give a damn.

While people have their heads stuck in the sand, it would still be helpful, i feel, to have a picture of the future painted - where digital freedom is made to work.

@mikeao @salixlucida
It would be lovely to know that that was possible without a smarter populace.
But I'm coming to an understanding that technology, on its own, never solves a problem that it didn't create. Technology needs people.
eg: you could say the spreadsheet revolutionised accounting, but really it didn't. It was a tool to let people revolutionise accounting.
So the question is, is our problem faulty systems? Or that the systems are too complex for people to manage?

@shadowfirebird @salixlucida Yes i agree, people are the important thing - not software systems, or the internet at large.
People spend alot of their time locked in to systems, without realizing what they have signed up for; so it seems fair we address the types of technology people want to make part of their everyday life.

@shadowfirebird @salixlucida A "smarter populace", obviously means education/educating people without preaching. I think the whole education system needs to reflect the realities of technology as it is and might be. And that is maybe a more promising way of getting people to change their online lives, maybe?

@shadowfirebird @salixlucida
I don't know what kids are learning in class nowdays, but i bet it's all about teaching kids the fundamentals of using, office software - when many will never work in an office in their lives.
technology education, especially computing, has been on pause for maybe more than 20 years it seems. A shocking story! Maybe people would care more if they were presented with the future of their children's education into this technology driven world?

@mikeao @salixlucida
I mean, maybe the systems can be simpler? But I wouldn't bet on that.
Education has to come into it, but we also need to get away from the idea (for which I suspect Apple holds some blame) that software can just magically do what people want it to do without us having some basic understanding of how it works.
It may be too late: Alexa etc.; self-driving cars…

@shadowfirebird @salixlucida Yes 100% And i am not a programmer, and did not grow up with computers. But i see 'now' the importance of understanding some basic ideas, just like we do about how other things work.
I am sure it is never too late. :)

@mikeao @salixlucida
Well, good! But I think that puts you in the 10%!
Most people just want technology to magically work. And capitalism will play to that every time. Apple has got us phones from Star Trek -- when thicker phones would allow for better battery life, for example.

@shadowfirebird @salixlucida Thanks! And that's an excellent analogy : "Apple has got us phones from Star Trek ..."

@mikeao @salixlucida
I'm pretty certain that I have read either Apple or Google literally had this as a design strategy

@mikeao @salixlucida
I had my head opened by something I read recently - a big survey of computer users, all skills. Only something like 10% could perform a task in MS Word that didn't have a specific menu option for the task.
10%. The vast majority of folk don't see computers like I (and I assume you) do.

@shadowfirebird @salixlucida Well i am not as technically adept as many here, but i think learning a few basic concepts about computers is vital.
I don't know how to use MS Word tbh, but i'm sure if i was forced to, i could at least be able to. ( :( )

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