Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, explains this sad day in American history
It’s a very somber day for Internet freedom in the United States, the FCC bent over to Republican lobbyist control and catered to the interests of AT&T, Verizon and Comcast.
The big three can now throttle it’s speed and censor unwanted content in their pipelines. And in the irony of names, thanks to a Republican majority of 3-2 votes, the act dubbed itself „Restore Internet Freedom“ (pdf).
ISPs will be “gatekeepers” with the ability to promote their own content first and silence anything else (and the largest ones own their own networks, channels, tv shows, and products), so you can see how this arrangement is not at all in the best interest of the general public. This will be the biggest change to the Internet since it was created. Smaller independent sites and platforms will become less accessible and many will eventually disappear completely.
This is why the Indieweb movement is more important than ever. We need to support our decentralized networks, build better human relations and work out for future political battles. Not sure if the States will play an important role in that space in the future, most definitely not se control freaks in China.
It still hurts to see that the initital idea of the Web as a decentralized democratic space is being hijacked by corporations and governments who offer humans drive thru convenience in return for data and control.
Whether it’s using data mining apps in the only two remaining mobile operating systems or if it’s your narcisstic wooden leg that longs for social media fame in exchange for public, never private, selfie information, you are voluntarily giving up large chunks of your right to self reflection and privacy, a key ingredient for the development of an original character with actionable empathy for other human beings.
The great realization is that it’s a simple shift towards the IndieWeb. It might take some time to create self awareness, especially in your daily digital habits, but the benefits for you and everyone else are much larger once you set sail into digital freedom.
Lazy convenience never convinces me, so if you’re stuck in your mind boggling apps and social media streams, it’s time to move to the IndieWeb and create your own networked digital home. I’ll try to provide some tips and tricks on how to move there and place a spotlight on parts of the Web that live in that space for real.
Your content is yours
When you post something on the web, it should belong to you, not a corporation. Too many companies have gone out of business and lost all of their users’ data. By joining the IndieWeb, your content stays yours and in your control.
You are better connected
Your articles and status messages can go to all services, not just one, allowing you to engage with everyone. Even replies and likes on other services can come back to your site so they’re all in one place.
You are in control
You can post anything you want, in any format you want, with no one monitoring you. In addition, you share simple readable links such as example.com/ideas. These links are permanent and will always work.