Will technology companies become like banks?

What does that mean?

Will we become tethered to a digital system we feel uneasy about, yet can’t imagine living without, because usage of that same system will have undermined our ability to do so?

Another point:

Will we become dependent on a technological system that is fragile1, which purveyors are getting stronger at our expenses2 (think banks), yet which we can’t quit because we can no longer imagine living without?

To say this is not to say that we should do IT stuff ourselves.

Quitting glebes (i.e. territories users have no agency over3) does not mean going DIY.

You can have an organisation taking care of all your IT stuff, yet maintain agency over these systems.

You don’t have to give it all away when you delegate to a technology company.

For some of us this is hard to imagine. We think there is no alternative.

Yet alternatives exist.

My job is to help organisations use digital tools to do business while maintaining agency over their digital systems.

What can I do?

How do I do things?

I am publishing soe documentation for others to replicate this model.


You can contact me on (My PGP public key).

My PGP fingerprint is:

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We can work in English ou en Français.


Postscriptum: Most digital technologies agencies nudge their clients to adopt tools provided by technofeudalists. By doing so, agencies prompt their clients to build their businesses or practices on the glebe (a territory where their agency is undermined). I don’t. I use software which are not tethered to any digital glebes or vendors. I use software which are free10, free as in unrestricted11, and which will remain freely distributed12.

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This webpage is made using Markdown, Pandoc, Bash, HTML, 6 lines of CSS and is hosted on a virtual machine running the free GNU/Linux distribution Trisquel13 along with Nginx, on a shared server.

This webpage is a fork from https://plaintext.website.

Data collection policy14: logs are kept for four weeks; only looked at if there is an issue. No analytic tools are used; no cookies are used.

  1. in the sense of Nassim Taleb↩︎

  2. “Move fast and break things”–Facebook↩︎

  3. See definition of a glebe on https://technofeudalism.fyi↩︎

  4. for example see https://plaintext.website (we can put photos etc)↩︎

  5. See Free does not mean gratis: lexical clarifications towards digital literacy↩︎

  6. Software which can’t become proprietary; conversely, free software which is non-copyleft licensed can become proprietary.↩︎

  7. The sphere of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) consumes as much energy as the aviation industry; source: KDE talk at CCC.↩︎

  8. See Use old programmes↩︎

  9. See Digital accessibility & inclusivity↩︎

  10. That is different from gratis; see Free does not mean gratis: lexical clarifications towards digital literacy↩︎

  11. the restriction of usage of software is artificially implemented by the software industry; originally, software are like languages, freely distributable.↩︎

  12. thus copyleft-licensed; non-copyleft-licensed software can become proprietary.↩︎

  13. FAQ: Ubuntu and Debian GNU/Linux are both composed of binary blobs, i.e. proprietary programmes.↩︎

  14. There is no “privacy policy”, only Data Collection Policies.↩︎