Massive market ownership is massive power. Every day we message our friends, upload photos, send emails, share our thoughts and feelings. This is our data and digital footprint. That is what powers the tech giants. They are so large that the top 4 tech companies are worth more than all of germany top 30 most succesful german companies.
Technology has created a new sharing economy. It is a way of living that relies on the openness and transparency of human communication. But when powerful companies ‘extract’ data and exploit it, it is a betrayal of what the sharing economy stands for. Ever wondered why we’re the only ones sharing?
The dominant platforms have become the basis of our communications. We search, message and connect with our friends, families and business partners on them and leave our data trails. That should be more than enough data to work with – but they aren’t satisfied. They want more – everything!
Our digital identities are more than just an image of what we do “in real life” – in a digital age they are us. As the Author Hannes Grassegger says in his manifest for a new digital age: “People are just data in disguise”. And the machinery is in place to capture every bit of our digital identity. To monitor us. To sell us. To control us.
The free your data campaign has been initiated to further the cause on a political and social level. This can’t be done alone so here are our partners, supporters, friends:
Internet & Communications Policy Spokesperson Green Party, Chairman NSA-Committee at the German Parliament
Internet & Communications Policy Spokesperson SPD, Member of the Bundestag
FDP Bavaria, Internet & Communications Specialist, ICANN ALAC Mitglied
Chief Executive Officer re:publica, Founding member of the lobby association “Digital Society”
Co-founder D64 – Centre for Digital Progress, Author and Columnist at BILD
Internet and Communications Legal Policy Spokesperson of DIE LINKE Parliamentary Party in the German Federal Parliament
(photo: Jochen Mittenzwey)
Network spokesman for CDU/CSU
(photo: Tobias Koch)
CEO Open-Xchange AG
president of Golden Frog
Founder Protonet GmbH, Internet activist for Digital Sovereignty