We need to talk about why you have to escape #fakebook and jump into the #federatedweb.
For several years we have provided servers and communication infrastructure. We have done our best to keep the servers safe and have resisted requests for user data by the authorities, using various means.
In short: we try to offer a liberating form of private communication within a commerce driven internet.
We have always seen the internet as a resource for our struggles and at the same time recognized it as contested political terrain, and we have acted accordingly. We thought that most saw it the same way. But since more and more people have been "using" fakebook (or fakebook has been using them), we are not so sure any more. Instead, our work has been seen as lacking and exhausting. Encrypted communication with autonomous servers is not perceived as liberating but rather as annoying.
We just hadn't realised that, after all the stress out on the streets and all those lengthy group discussions, many activists seem to have this desire to prattle at length on fakebook about everything and with everyone. We hadn't realized that, even for the left, fakebook is the sweetest of all temptations. That the left along with everyone else enjoys following the subtle flow of exploitation where it doesn't seem to hurt and, for once, not having to resist. Many people suffer from a bad conscience. While this may lead them to anticipate the fatal consequences of fakebook, it does not seem to translate into action.Is it really ignorance?
Just to give a short outline of the problem. By using fakebook, activists do not just make their own communication, their opinion, their 'likes', etc. transparent and available for processing. Instead - and we consider this far more important - they expose structures and individuals who themselves have little or nothing to do with fakebook. fakebook's capability to search the net for relationships, similarities etc. is difficult to comprehend for lay people. The chatter on fakebook reproduces political structures for the authorities and for companies. These can be searched, sorted and aggregated not just in order to obtain precise statements regarding social relations, key people, etc., but also in order to make predictions, from which regularities can be deduced. Next to mobile phones, fakebook is the most subtle, cheapest and best surveillance technology available.
fakebook users as unwitting informants?
We have always thought that people want something else: to continue our struggles on the internet and to use the internet for our struggles. This is what it's about for us - even today. That is why we see fakebook users as a real danger for our struggles. In particular, activists who publish important information on fakebook (often without knowing what they are doing), which is increasingly used by law enforcement agencies. We could almost go as far as accusing those activists of collaborating. But we're not quite there yet. We still have hope that people will realize that fakebook is a political enemy and that those who use fakebook make it more and more powerful. Activist fakebook users feed the machine and thereby reveal our structures - without any need, without any court orders, without any pressure.
Our Point of View
We are aware that we're talking from 'above'. For us, having worked for years - and sometimes have earned a living - with the net and with computers, system administration, programming, cryptography and lots more, fakebook comes as something like a natural enemy. And since we also consider ourselves to be part of the net, this adds to the analysis of the political economy of fakebook, where 'users' are turned into a product, that is sold, and become consumers at the same time. The jargon for this is 'demand generation'. We realize that not everyone deals as enthusiastically with the internet as we do. But for activists to allow this Trojan horse called fakebook to be part of their everyday lives is a sign of ignorance on a critical level.
We urge everyone: close your fakebook accounts!
You are putting others in danger!
Act against this data monster!
Also: Leave #Yahoo!
mail and co.
Down with #Google!
Against data retention!
Long live #decentralisation!
Against exploitation and oppression! Also - and especially - on the internet!
Get on your beloved ones' nerves.Point out to them that by feeding fakebook they have chosen the wrong side!
_____found on the web and properly adapted
posted from within the #federatedweb