Because of the pivotal role social media plays in today’s society, we need at least one public commons social network funded by the government. It will have the functionality of Facebook (or better) but will be developed with open source code so anyone can know exactly what is being done with their information.
Privacy will be completely in control of the individual and their information would be encrypted requiring a court order to access. That way when you share with friends, you won’t be sharing with government and corporations because they aren’t your friend, unless of course you want them to be…
The new social network will upload all of your Facebook info that is technically feasible so that you can seamlessly transition across platforms taking your marketable content stream with you.
There are improvements that can be made. For example, you could create the network so that marketers could use your information if you agreed, but you’d receive all of the profit because it’s subsidized by the government.
This right to socially network with people will be facilitated by taxing existing social network companies.
If we want this, and I’m sure most of us can see that it’s a good idea, we simply have to make this go viral and demand it. There are more than enough people on social media to make it so.
If you don’t share this in some way ask yourself why you prefer the current system over one where you’re in control.