[ubuntu-uk] No, You Won't See Me on Facebook, Google Plus, nor Skype - Bradley M. Kuhn ( Brad ) ( bkuhn )

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Mon Dec 12 17:50:35 UTC 2011

On 12/12/11 14:47, Avi Greenbury wrote:
> alan c wrote:
>> On 12/12/11 09:13, mac wrote:
>> > What do you reckon to Brad's argument?...
>> > http://ebb.org/bkuhn/blog/2011/11/24/google-plus.html
>> Excellent point.
>> Using social media which itself undermines the main principle of the
>> group you believe in is not sensible, and suggests that the specific
>> groups are missing a fundamental point.
>> It it testament to the skills of the companies concerned that their
>> honey trap works so well that  the victims do not notice. But that is
>> what a honey trap actually is, isn't it?
> I've no idea what you're talking about; could you be a bit more
> direct/literal please? :)

The big social media sites such as facebook, google+ give you as a
user, little or no control over your information. This is the opposite
of the aims in the principles behind FLOSS. So to run a group,
whatever, which has aims to support FLOSS or related ethical actions,
using a facility which abuses your core ethical principles, or abuses
your group's principles - for example, to run a group supporting
FLOSS, say, on facebook, is not sensible in that respect.

People will happily sacrifice their freedom for some compelling reason
- a honey trap. they become locked in or enslaved. Test this by trying
to leave the facility?

A bit of research into why 'freedoms' are important  can reveal
shocking stuff. Not least because once freedom is lost it is very
difficult indeed to get it back. It does not only apply to software.
alan cocks
FSF #9005

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