2017-02-22 Facebook

Encouraging individual sovereignty and a healthy commons: «It is not the job of a corporation to “develop the social infrastructure for community” as Mark wants to do. Social infrastructure must belong to the commons, not to giant monopolistic corporations like Facebook. The reason we find ourselves in this mess with ubiquitous surveillance, filter bubbles, and fake news (propaganda) is precisely due to the utter and complete destruction of the public sphere by an oligopoly of private infrastructure that poses as public space. [...] [T]he sum total of our various aspects as contained within our biological beings as well as the myriad of technologies that we use to extend our biological abilities. Once we understand this, it follows that we must extend the protections of the self beyond our biological borders to encompass those technologies by which we extend our selves.»

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