my dear friends, acquaintances et al.,I have decided to close my facebook account. It is not an emotional choice, but a rational one, based on recent reflexions about many different topics. After attending a talk by Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation, father of the GNU project, computer genius and prominent activist, I have reflected that many of my attitudes and behaviors, digital and physical, do not correspond to the ideals I believe in. I have thus realized that I am pretty much what is called an hypocrite, and decided that I could make an effort to change some things and become less of an hypocrite, and more integer between my ideals and my behaviors.I do not want to dabble on details, but Facebook is the first step on my quest of integrity, as it is a company that, apart from presenting one sided legal terms, known unethical behavior from part of its management, privacy issues, a totally closed approach on the market, a monopolizing attitude, the wrong approach on intellectual property (namely the data that users upload), and many other wrongnesses, has recently been showed to be a company that (not surprisingly) corroborates with the NSA (THANK YOU EDWARD SNOWDEN, YOU SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A HERO) in the attempt to create a global surveillance system. This means that every single piece of data that you share, every photo, every “like”, every relationship with another person is stored data that can one day be used against you by a state. This not only is dangerous for human rights and a direct attack on individual freedom, but it is frighteningly close to the 1984/V for Vendetta scenarios that Orwell/Moore had projected in their fiction. What frightens me the most is actually the fact that these recent news about the NSA don’t seem to set people on a thinking process about their freedoms and rights, even in the digital world. This might happen because of the NTHNTF myth (Nothing to Hide, Nothing to Fear), but if you think a bit about it, it’s not about your own life, or if you have something to hide or not, it’s about control over our freedom, it’s about basic human rights. People were in shock when the truth about the Stasi was found out – that they had one agent for each 166 east-germans, fully dedicated to spying on them -, but it seems that there is a failure to realize that the situation now is much worse, since each of us is spying on his own self, with acknowledgment. apart from all these moral and ethical questions that I have, I truly believe that my life without Facebook will be better, I don’t really see any advantage in keeping my account open.I do truly hope that my attitude and my little speech here, will set you, my friends, intelligent individuals and free thinkers to reflect upon things that are wrong and that violate our rights and our freedom. Because really, there are questions in our modern western lives that truly go beyond personal preferences, or selfishness, but are a part of a larger, almost ubiquitous evil that threaten the evolution of individuals and societies.
For those who still wish to keep contact with me, you have various ways:
– my email : ****
– my phone number : ****
– my skype : ****
– my address : ****- if you want to send me letters/postcards
The last thing I ask from you is to please remove any photos you might have of me from facebook, as I really do want to try and leave no trace. Thanks in advance for that.
Well, I like to believe that the people who really want to keep in touch will do so through other means, and as for the others, it’s been a pleasure to meet you/know you.
P.S. – if you want to have plenty of reasons to think about this decision check out http://stallman.org/facebook.html and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_mass_surveillance_disclosures–
P.P.S. – I really admire the work that people like Richard Stallman, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning and many other unknown activists, whistleblowers et al. did and keep doing to try and make our society a society of transparency, justice and freedom. what I am doing today is a tribute to these guys.
An old friend by the name of Christian has decided to leave Facebook this week. I thought I would share his reasoning with the world…