Twitter founder Jack Dorsey takes partial responsibility for internet centralization. In a statement issued via Twitter, the former CEO said, “the days of usenet, irc, the web…even email (w PGP) …were amazing. Centralizing discovery and identity into corporations really damaged the internet. I realize I’m partially to blame, and regret it.”
A decade before banning then sitting U.S. President Donald Trump, Twitter described itself as the “free speech wing of the free speech party.” As the platform banned more people for seemingly ideological reasons, the commitment to free speech was not paramount, with Dorsey’s successor as CEO, Parag Agrawal, maintaining that the company’s “role is not to be bound by the First Amendment.”
Dorsey signaled an affinity with Twitter’s original stance on free speech, saying the banning of President Trump set, “a precedent I feel is dangerous: the power an individual or corporation has over a part of the global public conversation.”Twitter founder Jack Dorsey said he’s ‘partially to blame’ for centralizing the Internet and that he regrets it
Progressives were perfectly content with a free internet.
They didn’t change their mind only because it said things they did not like.
They changed their mind when the internet demonstrated real political power, by empowering the rise of a ** Mighty Leader ** they did not like.
Nevermind that there was little difference between the policies of Trump (the greatly feared Dangerous Man) and the usual Uniparty policies… that forever-unbuilt Wall notwithstanding.
(I am thankful for the scuttling of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, though. And scaring the Deep State with talk about leaving NATO was fun, even if it was just empty words.)
What matters is that ALL forms of political power, everything that matters, is centralized in Trustworthy Hands.
Those Fair Shores
I spent a bit of time reading about a fictional alternate history: call it Old Money Progressivism, if you will, where due to the oddities of the American Revolution New England remained part of the British Empire. In the These Fair Shores universe, the too-southern United States kept slavery and segregation/apartheid up and running a good deal longer than usual, and isolationistic policies turned it to a large “hermit republic” in a world dominated by constitutional monarchies.
Constitutional Monarchies that – with the exception of the unusually libertarian Russian Empire, the most powerful nation on earth here — monitor, control, and track everyone on the internet, continually.
I have a feeling.
I have a feeling that Our Betters deeply loathe the Internet, and hunger to raise back up the gatekeepers of information. They do what they can, but — I suspect — it’s a losing battle.
A reason to give thinks to God, that Sir Tim Berners-Lee planned out the HTTP protocol – the engine that powers the web – to avoid a single point of control. Nicely in keeping with the original decentralized goal of the ARPANET, the ancestor to today’s internet.