“Digital technology is absolutely facilitating the spread of authoritarianism. At the height of the Internet freedom movement we were all incredibly naive, thinking technology would be inherently liberatory, and that has not turned out to be the case. We thought authoritarian governments would never be able to catch up with civil society actors, etc., when they had access to technology. Now what we observe instead is that technology is the primary means by which authoritarians are controlling citizens at home, repressing them, surveilling, and censoring. They are exporting these technologies abroad and breeding those capacities for repression.”

Eileen Donahoe, Executive Director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University, Cyber Policy Center

@vortex_egg Information doens't want to be free. It doesn't want to be locked up, either.

Imagine that: it's complicated!

@GeoffWozniak Instead of asking whether information wants to be free or locked up, we can investigate how information frees people or locks them up.

Digital freedom that is focused on the freedom of people, and not just the freedom of bits.

@vortex_egg The digital revolution of the early 90s forgot to account for one thing: the humans.

@vortex_egg I will never forget (nor forgive) the fact that the Great Firewall was designed and initially built by Cisco.

Otherwise put, hardcore old Cold Warrior tries to put a new shine on his old bullshit.

Is this still in classless terms? Still willfully blurring the distinction between China and capitalist countries? From inside one of the private university citadels of American Imperialism?

Anyone fooled by these charlatans the first time around should consider whether they're just falling for their latest trick now.

cc @jalcine

@vortex_egg @jalcine
Eileen Donahoe

  • eBay
  • PayPal
  • World Economic Forum
  • National Endowment for Democracy (!!!)
  • "she received her JD and master's degree in East Asian Studies from Stanford"
  • Human Rights Watch
  • "former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council"
  • Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation

A gold star "human rights" imperialist, this one

@tfb @jalcine I’m curious what is leading you to say that?

@vortex_egg "we were all incredibly naive". All? People in the FreeSoftware and privacy/security communities has been warning about this since the 1990.

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A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.