We should have known that Facebook was abusing our data. Why? Because lots of aloofness activists told us so. Since most of them are too good of a human to rub that in our nose, we went ahead and forced them to accept our spoonfed quote. Hopefully, next time we will listen.

Rick Falkvinge, architect Pirate Party

webrok“I told you so.”

Also,

“We told you about the NSA, and you didn’t listen. We told you about Facebook, and you didn’t listen. A surveillance association can be erected in just ten years, but takes centuries to roll back. Please pay absorption to what’s accident before we’ve got ancestors of dystopic work ahead of us. The civil liberties of our parents are not being passed down to our children.”

Cory Doctorow, author, editor of Boing Boing

“I told you so.”

And added:

“One more thing: I think this is the moment of ‘peak indifference.’ We spent 20 years trying to get ppl to care about privacy, but failed, for the same reason that altitude change warnings fell on deaf ears: a able mix of expensively sown doubt from profiteers and the adversity of compassionate after-effects that are afar by a lot of time and space from their actions. No one could get better at hitting a ball if they only found out which swings affiliated twenty years after the fact — the outcomes of our aloofness choices are often not embodied for decades.

Once the after-effects roll in — whether its Cambridge Analytica or Hurricane Maria — we hit peak indifference. From now on, the number of ppl who accept there’s a botheration will only ever go up, because we’ve carbonized the atmosphere (and also filled the online atmosphere with analytical masses of abiding claimed advice smog) and the furnishings of that abuse will mount and mount, remorselessly, and it will become harder and harder to deny that there is a problem.

After peak indifference, approach change. We don’t need to devote nearly as much energy to acceptable people that there’s a problem; our failures to do so in the decades gone by will do that job for us. Now we need to argue them that commodity can be done about it. Instead of admonishing them that FB and the rest of the surveillance-industrial circuitous are bad for their health, now we have to argue them that FB and their pals *knew* they were melting the world, and that they did it anyway, because they ample they’d make so much money from their abduction that they could afford clandestine guards and high ground to retreat to as the floodtides rose. Now our job is to give people the names and phone numbers and home addresses of the despoilers, and start handing out pitchforks and torches.”

Aral Balkan, agenda activist

webrok

“I told you so.”

Also,

“Yes, I’ve been admonishing about the dangers of surveillance commercialism and data accumulating by the likes of Google, Facebook and the entire adtech industry for years. In fact, here, “have a cookie” because you’re being tracked by those same companies as you read this very commodity on The Next Web. (Unless you have a tracker acquaintance active, that is.) No, there’s no amusement in being right about this. Especially when this toxic business model is so all-over that you cannot even read about it after being apparent to it.

Surveillance Commercialism isn’t just how Facebook and Google make money, it is how most publishers, including The Next Web make money. Thankfully, there are people alive on ethical alternatives to this boilerplate like the amalgamated Twitter another Mastodon and Indienet; our own amalgamated claimed web site activity accurate by the The City of Ghent. If you want a future where you can live after consistently being tracked and profiled, help fund and abutment such initiatives.”

Andrew Keen, author

webrok

“I told you so.”

But also:

“Actually I didn’t tell you so. I was mostly wrong. In 2007, I predicted that Facebook wouldn’t grow into a cogent business. What did I ever know?”

Esther Dyson, controlling architect Way to Wellville

webrok

“I told you so.”

And,

“I would absolutely say that the “I told you so!” is more about individuals’ albatross for compassionate what is going on… rather than assured a for-profit, Silicon Valley aggregation to be a protector of their products’ “rights.” (And it’s absolutely not about FB in particular, because I apparently said it back in the 90s.

Facebook’s artefact is users’ absorption (sold to advertisers), and that has been clear for a long time. Yes, in accession FB was acutely absent-minded in terms of ecology third parties’ (e.g. Cambridge Analytica’s) behavior. But to say that this is abrupt or a abruptness is about as alive as saying that sexual aggravation by people with power is a surprise. “Everyone” knew, but there was aggregate abhorrence to take on the issue at a scale that would absolutely have impact. And now, in both cases, things have changed.

In essence, FB’s botheration is a supply-chain problem: They don’t want to know the capacity of how their customers’ absorption is created/attracted. The attention/advertising business is a murky world of packagers and resellers and “well, we had a arrangement with them but of course we had no way of absolutely ecology their adherence.” now, as with food and labor, people are ambitious that the final seller look back into the supply chain.”

Peter Sunde, architect The Pirate Bay, Njalla, Flattr

webrok

“I told you so.”

Also,

“Well, you can call me Nostradamus if you’d like, because I’m always right. It’s not even hard to see what’s coming in the near future, just look at history and know that it repeats itself. It’s a saying because it’s true. :)

So, yeah, I did tell everyone this. Lots of times. And was always afraid at how little people have cared about this. I even hoped for a crash, agnate to what has happened now with Cambridge Anal ytica, since people need a wakeup call. Look at what Swedish TV appear about Grindr (the HIV-thing) and people might realise that we’re lucky it wasn’t worse than just accepting Trump elected… :-)”

Richard Stallman, admiral Free Software Foundation

webrok

“I told you so.”

But,

“If you quote me as saying ‘I told you so,’ in a ambience that limits it to Facebook, that would adulterate me.  It would be a gross understatement. 

What I have told people, for years, is:  The only database of claimed data that can’t be used to hurt us is the one that is not collected.  For your freedom’s sake, join me in abnegation and afraid systems that aggregate data about our actions, communications and movements.

Want to quote me saying that?”

Cindy Cohn, controlling administrator Electronic Frontier Foundation

webrok

“I told you so.”

Moreover:

“For reference, it’s not just Facebook, but rather the whole system of ad-based models.  I called it ‘the surveillance business model'”

 

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