anti-establishment movements and the information age

Mirko Boehm mirko.mb.boehm at
Fri Feb 5 14:19:32 UTC 2016


> On 05 Feb 2016, at 14:22, Daniel Pocock <daniel at> wrote:
> The UK may have an anti-EU referendum in 3 months.  Yanis Varoufakis
> (controversial former Greek finance minister who rides motorbikes[1]) is
> now trying to create some movement of pro-EU democracy activists under
> the name DiEM25[2] with a launch in Berlin next week.
> What is notably absent from debates on both the left and right of the
> spectrum is any talk about the role of proprietary technology, big data
> and the cloud.  Many of the social problems created by big data are
> global.  The DiEM25 people are talking about "bringing back" democracy,
> but I suspect that with their web site simply linking to Facebook and
> Twitter they are simply another well-intentioned group transferring a
> little more power into the hands of a few privileged people in Silicon
> Valley.
> Is anybody in FSFE reaching out to any of these groups - anywhere in the
> political spectrum - to see if there are areas for collaboration?

I wanted to attend the event but did not get an invitation or a ticket. I would be interested in participating.


Mirko Boehm | mirko at | KDE e.V.
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