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[liberationtech] Plunder. It's a Thing.

J.M. Porup jm at porup.com
Tue May 5 11:13:41 PDT 2015


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And if you work in Silicon Valley, you’re probably doing it.


Bruce Schneier declared in 2013 that Silicon Valley had been
“commandeered” by the US government. And some businesses, it is true,
are unwilling participants. But others freely and willingly join in
this wanton conquest.

So I propose a new metaphor: privateering. Y’all remember what that
is, right? In days of yore, governments granted letters of marque to
private seagoing vessels to pirate in the king’s name. But legalized
piracy is still piracy, sanctioned theft is still theft, and when
Facebook or Microsoft or Google accept Washington’s letter of marque
to go forth and pillage, they are engaged in rapine and plunder every
bit as much as the cutthroats who once sailed the ocean looking for
easy prey.

Read More:

https://medium.com/@toholdaquill/plunder-it-s-a-thing-b449485812bc

feedback welcome.

Jens

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J.M. Porup
www.JMPorup.com

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