Technology has a highly concerning present and future impact on privacy, personal autonomy, and free speech. I estimate that many of us are here, supporting—or at least interested in—Purism because we want to mitigate or even invert such negative impacts of technology in our personal lives, maybe in society too.
Many of us probably have a conception of the idea of Big Tech. That is, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and other giant technology corporations that exploitatively profit from locking people into restrictive ecosystems or harvesting and selling huge amounts of data about people against their will.
Over the years, I’ve built up an idea in my mind that the leadership of Big Tech have been, on average, more aware than the general public about the harmful effects of their technology. Famously, Steve Jobs wouldn’t let his children use iPads. The (highly recommended) documentary, The Social Dilemma, highlights more examples of tech leadership that shun the tech they develop for other people to use, following a model of, “don’t get high on your own supply.”
That lengthy preface, just to ask, do you all have any thoughts or information on what personal technology choices technological oligarchs (to the extent they exist) are making? For example, anyone an engineer at Facebook (or have a friend who is) and aware of known strategies for mitigating harmful effects on privacy, etc from using the app? Or perhaps you can provide links to anecdotes, resources, etc that have “leaked” from Big Tech about the personal tech choices that leadership is making?
For example, does Jeff Bezos use a Raspberry Pi for his “smart home,” instead of Alexa? Does Larry Paige use GrapheneOS, etc.
Looking forward to everyone’s thoughts!