The end of net neutrality and the privatization of the free internet by tech giants is driving society to collapse. For years, the market of technology has been dominated by tech mastodontes as Facebook, Google, Twitter, Apple or Airbnb and in the hands of major internet providers (Verizon, Comcast in the US) that have been frequently described as models for success by entrepreneurs and stakeholders (remember the Unicorns).
But recent and refined indicators show that this so called recipe for economical success is based on a profitability and high concentric model that is not a sustainable model. At the opposite, these monopolies are openly depriving from the opportunity of being seen and heard for new tech leaders, entrepreneurs, social contributors and random users.
The problem with that is that profitability profits A LOT but to… A FEW creating vacuum effects in economy and causing collapse due to a poor distribution of the resources among people that consequently are not willing to cooperate.
We’re actually assisting to the disaster it provoked in the internet society in terms of social, political and economical returns for the last ten years. Who can imagine that a society can benefit in the long run from the exclusion of this components, like an atom without particles. Even the most basic pyramidal model needs the support from the basis.
I think it is more sustainable to learn people how to access financiary, symbolical and capital resources by raising equitable models of economical development as it will make the ecosystem more flexible and resilient to disruptions (Piketty and social justice advocates).
We’ve been said by Silicon Valley evangelists that Bill Gates and Zuckerberg are genious who made money out of their minds but it’s wrong. These guys are not genious. People are genious. What these guys did is that they merely passed by and took the fruits on the trees, collecting the ressources made available on the internet for 20 years by the gift economy. They made money out of our minds, stories and issues.
They seem to consider that everything has been done. But does it really make sense to consider that 20 years is enough compared to the centuries of civilization still to come and the legacy of History ? No. That doesn’t make any sense.
It’s not that these people are dumbs, it’s that they don’t care about what’s coming next. They once made rich defend their monopoly engaging pursuits against rivals (everybody got heard of Apple versus Samsung battle) or systematically buying the many innovations (Facebook acquisitions) so to reinforce a concentric model of ultra-liberalism.
Now we’re seing, with the battle for the internet and the #Savenetneutrality movement on Twitter, that also impacts directly the way people are accessing sources of information and internet contents (edit 15 december).
This model is a dead end model, it is draining the creativity of the market and killing innovation from the entrepreneurs or community in the long run causing disempowerment but also discapacitation from the whole structure.
Many tech actors don’t raise any profits from their works, they’re sustainable for the whole. In a startup or social environment, making value is not capitalistic. You create value for example by exchanging say a tomatoe against a salad to make a meal. What is ultra-capitalistic is the disproportionate profits generated for the benefits of an elite.
This model is based on the sacrifice of workers who feed the pyramid, it is as old as the monarchy and absolutely unconstitutional.
The aim of the free internet society is to give the many’s the way to acquire media literacy by accessing the whole resources on the internet not only by providing tools, tutorials and documents but also by showing them how to do, learning by doing.
It is also, in the wake of this adamant move from the FCC in the US to give OUR internet to major companies, to take action and do anything possible to preserve our free and beautiful internet that allowed so many people to enter the matrix (edit 15 december).