It really bugs me how everyone around me (kids and wife getting back into schooling during lockdown) is constantly talking about "Zoom" this or that... I run/take part in video conferences every day but haven't used Zoom (or any other proprietary service) in well over a year.

We're indoctrinating our entire population into thinking that they can't function without the miracle (**spits) of Zoom/MS Teams/Google Hangouts/Webex, etc. Well, that's bullshit. Talk about sowing learned helplessness & foreign corporate dependence. Why aren't our national educational authorities (yes, NZ Min of Ed, looking at you) organising a far more cost-effective, proven, *local* services for education, like using BigBlueButton? They have *no idea* what they're doing with regard to tech.

@lightweight I agree with this but I think it is equal parts branding by corporates and overwhelm with too many options.
As someone very interested in privacy, foss and decentralisation, I find I have multiple apps for communication but still end up using the main corporate modes most of the time as ‘normal people’ don’t/won’t explore other options.

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@alpinefolk we who understand this stuff need to protect others from their paralysis of indecision. We can do that by refusing to use those proprietary US corporate technologies. If we don't, and capitulate, we're not only losing ourselves, but we're helping others be exploited... and we're similarly engaging in avoidance behaviour. We need to be willing to ruffle some feathers to make the world undeniably better.

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