“Recovering Our Lost Free Will Online: Tools and Techniques That Are Available Now” is This Weekend’s Long Read

This thought-provoking post at The Changelog is well worth your reading time this weekend. In it, John Goerzen explores how privacy and agency are slipping away at precisely the time in history where we have the tools and know how to prevent these losses.

“The irony is that our present moment is one of enormous consolidation of power, and yet also one of a proliferation of technologies that let us wrest back some of that power. In this post, I hope to enlighten or remind us of some of the choices we have lost — and also talk about the ways in which we can choose to regain them, already, right now.”

Goerzen goes on to explore the roles key technologies Linux users will be quite familiar with can play in restoring the power balance. To paraphrase his closing, “Early adopters [and the Linux community] will help guide the way for the next set of improvements. Join us!”

Enjoy your weekend, and we’ll be back on Monday.