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Digital Feudalism – Towards Data Science
Unfortunately, our modern digital ecosystem is rapidly organizing as a feudal power structure erected in parallel with our existing power structures and freedoms. In the common conception of feudalism, a relatively small rentier class (lords) uses a variety of subtle and overt political and economic systems to extract value from the daily lives of the producer class (peasants), who generally have little choice or influence over the system.
digital-culture  feudalism  colonialism 
2 days ago by PieroRivizzigno
O.K., Google: How Much Money Have I Made for You Today? - The New York Times
Shoshana Zuboff would undoubtedly get the joke, but she probably wouldn’t laugh. In “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” she warns against mistaking the soothing voice of a personal digital assistant for “anything other than the exploitation of your needs.” The cliché that “if you’re not paying for it, you’re the product” isn’t alarming enough for her. She likens the big tech platforms to elephant poachers, and our personal data to ivory tusks. “You are not the product,” she says. “You are the abandoned carcass.”
Technology  Social-media  colonialism  feudalism 
12 weeks ago by PieroRivizzigno
Elites like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos think they’re being philanthropic. But they could do so much more.
A long interview about corporate feudalism.

“Look, rich people in our time all think that they’re changing the world. They’re making it a better place. They’re trying to do good. I think we need to confront the fact that we, in this room, may literally be the problem.”

...

And we talk about doing a little more good, but we never talk about doing less harm. We talk about creating little programs for people. We don’t talk about just paying people more. We talk about women leaning in, but we lobby against — “we” meaning these people’s companies — lobby against maternity leave in Congress.

So, there’s a lot of generosity, and talk of generosity, that happens with rich people these days, in this age of extreme inequality, but there’s not a lot of talk of justice. And generosity and justice are actually not the same.

Today’s Silicon Valley business men inherit the folklore of being underdogs, but in fact they’re the 800 lb gorillas in the room.

I think John F. Kennedy used this idea, or it was in an Arthur Schlesinger book about the Kennedys, this idea of folk memory. That we often have these folk memories that are not our own memories, but are just kind of passed down. There’s a folk memory in tech of being a rebel, of being a hacker, of being a tinkerer on the outside.

Right. Sort of the Apple. Remember they had the pirate flag in front of the ...

All of that. And I think if you’re like 30 and working in tech, that just was never the actual story of your life.
interview  capitalism  business  culture  feudalism  BestOf2018 
october 2018 by jefframnani
Engine problems versus Crime Scene problems
As I like to say, Feudalism never went out of style. This is the very essence of Silicon Valley and the primacy of corporatism.

And I said, "What did you understand by having to cater and dance around these people's needs in the Valley?" And what he basically explained to me was they really want to help people, as long as, as you say, they're driving the ship. The help is voluntary. It's not the government compelling them to give money for programs the government decides about. It's them deciding where their money goes. They like to feel useful. They like to feel involved.

But can I tell you what those are the values of? Those are the values of a feudal culture.
technology  culture  facebook  business  feudalism 
october 2018 by jefframnani
Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends - The New York Times
The company formed data-sharing partnerships with Apple, Samsung and
dozens of other device makers, raising new concerns about its privacy protections.
Facebook  privacy  colonialism  feudalism 
june 2018 by PieroRivizzigno
The World Economy, 1-2001 AD
Tables HS–8 show levels of population, GDP and per capita GDP in 20 countries, 7 regions and the world for eight benchmark years in the past two millennia. There are also 5 analytical tables showing rates of growth and shares of world population and GDP. HS–7 explained the derivation of estimates for 1950–2001. Earlier than this, it is useful to distinguish between estimates for 1820–1950 and those for the centuries before 1820 where the documentation is weaker and the element of conjecture bigger.
economy  pol.639  work  GDP  state  capitalism  feudalism 
march 2018 by Jibarosoy
Amazon owns my Echo, I’m just feeding it http://flip.it/nREmA_
It’s no secret that voice assistants are a Trojan Horse. You “buy” a voice assistant like an Echo Dot or a Google Home, and you plug it in and give it your Wi-Fi password. But you don’t “own” it like you own a computer. The software is controlled entirely by Amazon or Google or some other company.
Amazon  feudalism  Echo 
february 2018 by PieroRivizzigno
Why Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Need to Be Disrupted
Four companies dominate our daily lives unlike any other in human history: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. We love our nifty phones and just-a-click-away services, but these behemoths enjoy unfettered economic domination and hoard riches on a scale not seen since the monopolies of the gilded age. The only logical conclusion? We must bust up big tech.
feudalism 
february 2018 by PieroRivizzigno

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