Or Google. And I do not just mean the search engine. Its communication tools are vital to the functioning of vast numbers of organisations, from my university onwards.
So, are any of these other, more critical services immune from being taken over and destroyed? I see no obvious reason to think that they are in any way safe from such attack. And that leaves society massively vulnerable to these companies.
Worse, by letting these companies create technologies that are protected by absurd patent and copyright laws we have made it very hard for states to replicate what they do, which is ridiculous.
Musk and Twitter provide a real warning. We are deeply vulnerable to relatively few tech companies, and we can rely on none of them. My question is, what is society going to do to protect itself against the madness of this situation?
Isn’t now the time to work out and on the alternative? Shouldn’t this be the moment the US and EU cooperate to build an alternative to Twitter, and whilst they’re at it to look at how keeping the web going if other critical companies fail might be found?
They tried that. Anyone else remember Project Quaero?
Government’s even more shit at this stuff than it is at much else it tries……