“Critics of the big tech companies are often told, ‘If you don’t like the company, don’t use its products.’ I did this experiment to find out if that is possible, and I found out that it’s not—with the exception of Apple. These companies are unavoidable because they control internet infrastructure, online commerce, and information flows. Many of them specialize in tracking you around the web, whether you use their products or not”
I'm really surprised that there apparently isn't a "not made with prison labor" symbol for products, verified by a third-party group similar to the Non-GMO Project or the Vegan Society
When Americans buy products that say "Made in the USA" they expect the money to go into supporting local, well-paying jobs, not fueling private prisons who utilize slave labor. This is the desire regardless of political alignment. People need the ability to make an informed decision
Kashmir Hill: "Even though I don’t use any Windows machines, don’t own an Xbox, and don’t turn to Microsoft Office for document creation, the company still turns out to be tricky to block, not so much online, but in the real world..." https://gizmodo.com/i-cut-microsoft-out-of-my-life-or-so-i-thought-1830863898
as an aside I'm awaiting the day we stop shaming and vilifying people who don't want to work...imagine this: outside of capitalism people will have the ability to occupy their time with a new type of work, or if they want, enjoy spending their time doing other things! Like crafting, reading, learning...
Math person who does BizOps (it's a thing, I promise). I like co-ops, cats and cacti
social.coop is a coop-run corner of the fediverse, a cooperative and transparent approach to operating a social platform. We are currently closed to new memberships while we improve our internal processes and policies, and plan to re-open to new folks when that work is complete. [9/2/2018]