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(en) Brazil, Anarkio.net: A-Infos #17 - Facebooo stta ... (pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:51:49 +0200

For many years we have provided servers and communications infrastructure to the left. We have done our best to keep servers secure and we have resisted requests by various means to the user data / made by the authorities. ----- In short, we try to offer a form of communication within the internet liberating capitalist. ----- When we saw the internet as a resource for our struggles, and while we recognize as a controversial political ground, and act in accordance with it. We thought that most of the left one sees the same way. But since more and more people on the left has "used" the Facebook (Facebook or has used), we no longer sure about that. Instead, our political work has been insufficient and exhausting. Encrypted communication with standalone servers is not seen as liberating, but as irritating.


The feathers had not realized that, after all the tension in the streets and all those long group discussions, many activists seem to have the desire to talk about on Facebook quite everything and everyone. We had not realized that, even on the left, Facebook is the sweetest of temptations. That the left, like everyone else, like to follow the gentle tide of exploitation where she does not seem to do any harm and even just once, no need to resist. Many people suffer from bad conscience. Although this may lead them to foresee the fatal consequences of Facebook, it does not seem to have been turned into action.

Is ignorance really?

Just to give a brief summary of the problem, to use Facebook, activists not only make their own communication, your opinion, your "like", etc.. transparent and available for processing. Instead - and consider even more important - they / structures and expose the individuals who have little or nothing to do with Facebook. The ability of Facebook to investigate the network behind relationships, similarities, etc.. is difficult to be understood by lay people. The chatter on Facebook reproduces political structures for authorities and companies. This talk can be searched, aggregated and organized not only to obtain accurate statements about social relations, key people, etc., but also to make predictions, which can be deduced regularities. After mobile phones, Facebook is the most subtle, cheaper and better surveillance technology available.

Facebook users as informants unintentional?

We always thought the left wanted something else: continue our struggle on the internet and use it to our political struggles. It is what it is for us - even today. That's why we see users / those of Facebook as a real danger to our struggles. In particular, activists who publish IMPORTANT INFORMATION on Facebook (often not knowing what they are doing), which are increasingly used by public safety agencies. We could almost go so far as to accuse these / activists of collaboration, but have not gotten to this point. We still have hope that people realize that Facebook is a political enemy and those that / those who use it do it more and more powerful. Users / activists Facebook feed the machine, and thus reveal our structures - without any need, without any court order, without any pressure.

Our Point of View

We are aware that we speak "from above." For us, we work for years - and often make our living - and to network with computers, systems administration, programming, encryption, and much more, Facebook comes almost as a natural enemy. And since we also consider as part of the left, this adds up to the analysts and the political economy of Facebook, where "users / the" are transformed into product to be sold and become the same consumers. The jargon for this is "demand generation". We realize that not everyone who deals with the internet so enthusiastically like us. But activists allow this Trojan Horse called Facebook is part of their everyday lives, and ignorance is a sign on a critical level.

Tell all / as: close your accounts on Facebook! You're putting other people in danger! Act against this monster database!

Fight against capitalism! Also - and especially - the Internet! Against exploitation and oppression! Also - and especially - the Internet!

Fill the bag with his / her buddies. Show them that when they feed the Facebook / are choosing the wrong side!

Replicated WCC - Center for Independent Media
Email :: contato@midiaindependente.org
URL :: http://www.midiaindependente.org/pt/blue/2012/11/514157.shtml
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