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    Manifestos are the easy part.

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      I find the verbiage here pretty vague and nonspecific. It’s not clear what the implications of these principles are (or should be) in practice, or how the inevitable conflicts between the various principles listed here should be resolved.

      “privacy and security from bad actors” in particular strikes me as a problematically vague assertion. What one person thinks is securing their privacy from bad actors, is to another person preventing victims from speaking publicly about an abuser. Which people or institutions count as bad actors is a fundamentally political assertion that people don’t and can’t be expected to agree on.

      Technology should not just be designed for the individuals using it, but also the communities of users. These communities can be those intentionally built around a piece of technology, geographic in nature, or united by another shared purpose. This includes having the ability and right to organize to repair the technology on and to migrate essential data to other solutions. Ownership of essential data must belong to the community relying on them.

      Also strikes me as problematic. A community’s interests can be opposed to the interests of individuals within that community, and individuals in a community are prone to splitting from existing communities and forming new ones over questions of whether they see a technological decision as good or bad for themselves.