Posts Tagged ‘ facebook

Greenpeace vs Facebook (et al)

This is sure to ruffle some feathers! [ <-- that would have been a better joke if this was about Twitter! -ed (me!)] So Greenpeace have gone after Facebook with this, I would say, intentionally childish video. It makes it's point well though. These new super companies (such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft..) are building new infrastructure for their services and they have the money to do so. They are doing this at a time when there is a need to roll out sustainable infrastructure and as such they should lead by example here. Tech industries with a big stake in the internet are one of the few industries which are expanding at present and they have a great opportunity to show how it can be done in a way that is both sustainable and ethical.

Swedish broadcasters told not to “promote” Facebook

This is less a post and more a comment on a post elsewhere …  I was commenting on this article last week and it is still in moderation and can only assume it won’t be approved. It would seem the author doesn’t want other points of view on this.  It’s just as well I kept a copy and so I will comment here on it instead. But before I do, here is the comment policy on the site, Radio Netherlands Worldwide (Media Network blog),  where I spotted it.

Please keep your comments on topic, which means they must have something to do with the subject of the post. Comments must be in English, not your native language. If I cannot understand a comment, for legal reasons I will have to delete it. Don’t worry if your English is not pefect; I will correct any spelling mistakes etc.

Yes it does say “not pefect”. I don’t mean to be pedantic about that (you’ll find plenty of typos here I’m sure and perhaps it is meant to be a joke) but as it seems to be the case that my comment was not ‘understood’,  I will post it here instead and see if anybody understands it. There is only one comment on the article, plus one in subtext from the author / translator Andy Sennit, so it seems like it is a given that this is the wrong decision and that some broadcasters are behind the times and that nobody thinks any different.  The translated article is captured below and I have located the original article in Swedish on Dagensmedia here.

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Exit Planet Face [openet001]

Today is the 4th July, most famously known as “Independence Day” in the U.S of A. It would have been apt therefore today that I claim my independence from a new American multinational “service” known as Facebook. After some thought I have decided to postpone my exit…. a least for a couple of weeks.

Giving up Facebook is not an easy decision to make. At present I do have a use for it, for communicating with people about one or two of the projects I am working on. I don’t need to communicate with them though on this particular platform, but as it is the place where people spend a large chunk of their online time, then it is the easiest way to communicate with them. Note I say “easiest”, as it is far from the best. We are at a crossroads when it comes to looking at the internet landscape. It’s commercialisation is in full swing and technologies for our convenience get better and better each day. But at what price? Privacy, human rights, and creativity all have something to lose.

Who reads the Terms & Conditions anymore? Are they so long as to maybe make sure we skip them and sign up? Would you eat a meal in a restaurant if you were presented with a ninety page document to sign before you ordered? Ok I’m on a bit of a tangent with that but that’s food for thought surely?

My reasons for exiting Facebook are twofold, the first being a need to remove distractions from my life so I can concentrate on my own work and do a bit less of consuming and sharing that of others. The second and for me most important is that I am an advocate for net neutrality and for a fair and open internet and much of what I see nowadays with Facebook, Apple and Google is contrary to this.

There is much talk bandied around about openness and collaboration in the last few years and I see it as being largely a ruse. This is just a ploy to get you sucked in, it will cost you something, you just don’t know it yet. It really annoys me when I hear someone sully these good words with some sales pitch drivel.

The internet was and is social, these new networks are just an expansion, an evolution if you like of the many to many protocol the internet is based on, peer to peer.

My own work has been for a long time focused on the genuine collaborative and open uses of the internet. Therefore I welcome new approaches that can change things for the better. The Diaspora project is very promising as are other open source approaches to social-networking like Elgg.

[to be continued…]