Technology will not change politics
19 November 2013
Just found this interview with Peter Sunde, founder of Pirate Bay.
“You can’t beat politics with new technology all the time. Sometimes you have to actually make sure that politics are in line with what people want. A lot of people are giving up on politics and thinking they can solve issues with technology. These kind of arrogant behaviours towards the rest of the society are a bit disgusting,”
“We are a community of people, we have politicians that we elect, we can demand that they do things,” he says, “but we are way too lazy to do that today”.
I couldn’t agree more. While there is a large group of people who felt unified by the Snowden leaks, I think there are quite different views on how to solve the problems that we are facing.
There those who actively seek to change policy, change how society relies towards issues of the new normal.
Than there those who stand behind the critique towards government and corporations, but already gave up on the democratic process. Their solution is driven by a world-view that a specific technology will allow them to create a space in which they can manoeuvre without intervention by governments or corporations.
I don’t agree with this premise. It is naive at best, segregationist at worst.