Dear regulators,

DON’T

THROW THE BABY OUT WITH THE BATHWATER.

PLEASE

People Farming

Surveillance

Capitalism

Venture Capital, Startups, Exits, Clouds, “Innovation”, Unicorns, and Ray Kurzweil’s Church of Exponential Growth.

“Privacy is dead.”

Mark Zuckerberg

https://small-tech.org

Centralised

Federated

Peer-to-peer

Freedom

(less)

(more)

mastodon.social

mastodon.ar.al

(instance of one)

their.domain

your.domain

ar.al

The Fediverse

https://fediverse.party

“The tech companies’ innovation rhetoric effectively blinded users and lawmakers for many years. Facebook and Google were regarded as innovative companies that sometimes made dreadful mistakes at the expense of our privacy. Since then the picture has sharpened. It’s easier to see that what we thought of as mistakes actually were the innovations … an expression of a larger breakthrough: the invention of what I call surveillance capitalism.

https://theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/02/facebook-google-data-change-our-behaviour-democracy

https://commonsnetwork.org

NO

 Upload filters

Backdoors

YES

Proper enforcement of GDPR

Algorithmic transparency

Data minimisation

General Data Minimisation Regulation

  1. If your data and algorithms can be kept on your device, they must be.
  2. Any device that holds your data must be end-to-end encrypted.
  3. Only you hold the keys and you control who the ends are.

GDMR

Extra points

Give every EU citizen the opportunity to have their own home on the Internet at their own address.

Only invest EU taxpayer money in Small Tech, not Big Tech: protect human rights & the commons.

Ensure that data about individuals belongs to the individuals themselves and data about the commons belongs to the commons.

Vision Fund: $100B venture capital fund

$45B from Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

Source: How SoftBank ate the world, Wired UK

“Masayoshi Son’s vision [is] a future where every time that we use our smartphone, or call a taxi, or order a meal, or stay in a hotel, or make a payment, or receive medical treatment, we will be doing so in a data ­transaction with a company that belongs to the SoftBank family. And, as Son likes to say…”

João Medeiros, Wired UK

“Whoever controls data controls the world.”

Masayoshi Son, Chairman, SoftBank

Dear regulators,

DON’T

THROW THE BABY OUT WITH THE BATHWATER.

PLEASE

Dear Regulators, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater

By Aral Balkan

Dear Regulators, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater

A 10-minute talk I presented at the European Parliament on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 on the Future of Internet regulation, a conference on the E-commerce Directive and the upcoming Digital Services Act.

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