The year is 2019 and I can’t buy a good majority of consumer technology because we lack privacy legislation and consumer protections. Example: it’s absurd that my TV came with spyware that can’t be turned off or avoided; I had to stop it from phoning home at the network level. It also came with an arbitration clause and a clause waiving the right to a class action lawsuit.

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i think the problem is not lack of legislation. the tech monopoly of big corps exists because people bought it. they sold their privacy for convenience and trendy blinking lights. furthermore, it is impossible for lawmakers to understand new technologies and to do specific laws for each new tech trap and it is impossible to stop the stupidity from people with the "it is ok, i have nothing to hide" mindset.

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The"I have nothing to hide" excuse is government propaganda.
The issue behind these monopolies is far deeper, it's corrupt legislators in cahoots with companies.
It's a web of laws aimed at protecting the rich, and the more these laws are passed, the harder it is to fight then at consumer level - 1/3

@hansbauer @retrohacker
Can you stop consuming Comcast when it's the only freaking ISP in your county? Can you stop high RAM prices when the industry engages in price fixing?

Can you stop consuming gas when the law forces you to live in a suburb where businesses - even grocery stores and hair salons and dentists - cannot be built and the closest one is kilometers away?

And then you can't prevent big corps from lobbying because they've legalized it - 2/3

@hansbauer @retrohacker
It's very hard to boycott when you're alone. Soon smart TVs will be the only kind of TVs because of "consumer demand".
The solution requires organization, propaganda and supporting pro-consumer and pro-human-rights nonprofits worldwide.
We can't win this war alone; we need to stick together, and these nonprofits are our greatest ally. - 3/3

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