Listening to an AU interviewee on RNZ talking about the "lost of services" related to the Facebook block on AU use... it highlights how blindly dependent so many organisations in AU are on FB and how they *shouldn't be*. It's their own fault. FB cannot and should not be depended on. It's foolish for community organisations and gov'ts to do so.
Gov'ts and civil society cannot afford to be dependent (as they have very foolishly allowed themselves to become, worldwide) on a handful of US multinational tech corporations. The problem isn't FB's action - it's the fact that Gov'ts are up-in-arms about it because they've got all their eggs in the Facebook basket. I pity them their lack of comprehension (I've been warning our gov't about this for 20+ years) and the deleterious effect it has on all of us.
Oh I like that term. Plus we could consider comparing the big five to feudal Lords. Yeah we get stuff for free, but what do we end up giving back? Everything about us. You can expand on that and consider doing comparisons to history. John Wycliffe + Gutenberg started a pull for freedom in terms of dissemination of information with the English translation of the Bible, and Gutenberg printing. Being able to read the bible in your own language really was challenging the status quo.
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