Larry Sanger, one of the founders of Wikipedia, has summoned Internet users around the world to a two-day social networking strike. His goal is to decentralize the network again and for users to regain their privacy and control of their online activity. Sanger asks everyone to sign the Digital Declaration of Independence.
The co-founder of Wikipedia proposes to stop using social networks on 4 and 5 July (or at least one of them). This protest of fallen networks aims to exert pressure on the companies that own these networks (Facebook also owns Instagram and Whatsapp) to give citizens back control of their personal data.
Faced with the lack of transparency in the use of users’ personal data or the marketing of them, Larry Sanger wants a new decentralized social networking system. What he proposes is the creation of interoperable social networks and the establishment and enforcement of common standards for large social network platforms.
Knowing the complexity of his proposal, that of the strike, the co-founder of Wikipedia proposes to use those days social networks only to support the strike through claim publications such as images or memes. It seeks to “viralize the declaration and create pressure on the big companies of digital platforms”.
Similarly, Sanger encourages programmers and coders to create bots or automated publications announcing the strike in order to fill the platforms with these alerts and for users to make use of and promote various alternative social networking platforms. The Digital Declaration of Independence may be signed and disseminated by anyone because it is registered under the creative commons license. In addition, relevant changes can be made to one through an annexed ‘proposals for change’ section.