wow, so much to think about!!! I will post the video in the next day or two (exceeded weekly vimeo limit right now). what are people’s initial thoughts about everything April had to say?
Edit: I uploaded the videos and then came back with my thoughts from today.
April gave us SOOO much to think about and I feel like she could have easily kept going for a few hours. Corporate power on the internet is such an immense topic. Here are a few things that stood out to me during her talk:
- The five most powerful companies on the planet are all data/tech companies: Apple, Amazon, Alphabet/Google, Microsoft, Facebook
- That monopoly was built on another monopoly which is the communications industry (I’m adding a GREAT book about this to our resource list, The Master Switch by Tim Wu)
- They have almost complete control over how we communicate, and we give them all of our data and attention, and for this we get free services that work really well (but that we also kind of hate)
- 84% of Google’s revenue is advertising
- All of this corporate power makes it easier for the government to surveil us because they don’t need warrants to get this data (and regularly make other deals with these companies)
- A data spill can’t be cleaned up
- Targeted advertising has been shown to be discriminatory, and you can draw a line between advertising for harmful products and real world economic consequences (example of targeted advertising to people of color before the subprime mortgage collapse)
- The regulatory environment is weak in response to this but at least the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook saga has triggered the Honest Ads Act (Klobuchar-Warner; in Congress now)
- These companies got big off the revenue from our personal data, and then they used their size and power to help push through the repeal of net neutrality (that to me is the privacy <-> net neutrality connection)