The left/mutual aid/socialist/feminist spheres are in DESPERATE need for surveillance capitalism awareness. We cannot keep using the master's tools to dismantle the master's house. The tools are eventually used against our progress and our existence.

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Deleted the first toot just in case. But the message is still the same.

We need to use (and learn how to use) communication and technology methods that align with our fight for liberation, not that keep us entraped inside what we're trying to abolish and escape from.

@cynthia I'm dismayed by how many times I've seen progressive organisations in my region set up independent websites with fewer trackers, and then simply abandon them to go on Facebook etc (and/or never respond to contact via these sites) because "its easier".

Also there is often complacency amongst those from "Western" backgrounds as to the long term effects of surveillance capitalism, especially for those who have extended family outside "liberal" Northern European countries..

@vfrmedia definitely. And the amounts of radical marginalised people I see oversharing about their mental health on FB or other big social platforms, particularly when they are prone to cause harm on themselves and others, makes me really really worried that the police could see that and put them in even more danger, if not death.

Organising-wise, there are so many descentralised unsurveiled alternatives. Big Soc may seem "easier" to set up, but makes it harder to truly plan and speak.

@cynthia although over here its relatively rare for armed cops to cave in someones door due to their net activities; it *can* still happen particularly when/if they take any kind of controlled drugs or associate with people who do.

Whilst Britain is not openly as harsh as some other countries, there is a definite "being made to love Big Brother" pushback (or like the end of the movie "Brazil") that can happen to those who openly try to push boundaries...


It shouldn't even take serious cases like yours for leftists to embrace moving away from corporate tools.

FOSS or whatever can be accessible, its possible and there are a decent amount of good tools.

The "friction" in trying to get people to use alternate tools is only friction if we except the corporate late stage capitalism framing. Seen from a different angle it's a chance to encourage people to take a small step to define themselves anew with respect to their role in society.


Im not being ableist about tech literacy here, its a hard problem and alternate tools NEED to be accessible and easy to use.

What I am trying to highlight is that our perspective is subconsciously fucked on this, friction in the right context is the place you do necessary work and if people have a massive mental block to trying a software that isn't owned by one of three or four companies to organize that is a chance to address a fundamental problem not a detail of the software.

@Alonealastalovedalongthe we need more workshops to teach truly disenfranchised communities how to use FOSS/descentralised tools. Like there are basic IT "how to use a computer" workshops in libraries.

It's not a matter of ableism if we use the easiest/most straightforward platforms (like Mastodon), not even of classism if we use FOSS and affordable equipment (Raspberry Pi, refurbished laptops with Linux, etc). There is a chance. I'm not particulary tech savvy and here I am.

@cynthia I was invited to join a local leftist podcast that I really liked but then I found out that they organized on facebook. when I suggested that it should be done somewhere else (even in apps that all of they already used) they just refused and said if I don't like it I could just leave.


@cynthia I think the way forward here is for more open source and left oriented tech folks to setup alternative resources for the local community. I think it's too much to ask for everyone to build their own infrastructure, but a trusted technical affinity group that is part of the large community can provide infrastructure for a neighborhood, organization, or movement.

They can build out things like for example.

@polymerwitch @cynthia

As I've suggested elsewhere, I think that a concerted effort to develop "kits" -- combinations of open-source (forked, where necessary) software -- including, maybe, a specialized Linux distro replete with LOTS of end-user documentation, both of technology AND practices -- for building principled, federated, small digital communities, suitable for easy deployment on, e.g., VPS, would go a long way...

@cynthia We need to organize to prototype, test, and document technology AND best practices for small, principled, self-hosted, open source, federated, self-governed, self-maintained digital communities with combined capabilities like:
file storage,
collaborative editing,
group notification/coordination,
encrypted communication,
I'm currently trying to see how far Nextcloud might serve...

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