I write this to shine a light on a peculiar madness.
It is time we stopped using products developed by white men. Especially middle-aged and old white men.
Take this product for example.
It was developed without consultation with anyone in any community, despite the fact that the service relies entirely on community infrastructure and participation. No fees were paid to governments, although the service relies on the technical infrastructure provided by governments and states all over the world. Arbitrary decisions were made about standards and protocols without consideration to people’s abilities to participate. The consequence is that billions of people are excluded from benefiting from the service. In an act of arrogant Eurocentrism, it was determined that unless you can read and write English and additionally, without due consideration of disadvantaged nations have access to electricity, phone lines and computers etc, you cannot participate.
And worse yet, the product was designed to cross borders without permission in a typically aggressive form of techno-colonialism.
There was no proper governance or oversight, despite the fact that the product has made all institutions, including governments, banks, the military and dozens of such critical institutions very vulnerable to manipulation and attack - even terrorism. There was no Board, not to mention that there was no diversity represented in the decision making.
The product turned out to be a great enabler of crime, corruption, violence, hate speech, bullying and every social evil; and typical of the evil patriarchy, the relentless objectifying of women though the pornography.
Yet, there is no form of accountability for the creators.
The product is now the single biggest consumer of electricity, and yet there has been no efforts made to consider the sustainability of the product and to remedy the environmental impact.
It is a typical white, elitist, eurocentric product that was created for the benefit of those who already had all the advantages in the world.
I am looking at you, Tim Berners Lee and the damn world wide web.
It is time to #nomoreinternet until they have apologised, corrected their ways an instituted proper restorative programmes to ensure there is equal access to everyone.
As I said earlier; I write this to shine a light on a peculiar madness.