#deletefacebook 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
@mikeao "On the Beach" by Nevil Shute 😉 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Beach_(novel)
@papa Looks good!
@mikeao It's depressing. ;)
@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. ^_^
@maiki Lol! it's easier to remember and say! :)
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?
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?
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…
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.
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