When we remove control from users, we remove the option for them to retain the tools they like, instead forcing them to “upgrade” to whatever new version is deemed “better”. This model works very well when the dictator is benevolent. It works best when the code for the tools is open, and can be forked into new versions when the official version is not desirable to a large group of users. But what about when the dictator making the changes is malevolent (i.e. the service provider’s interests don’t align with the customers’ interests), and the code is not available? In those cases, which are the vast majority, the users are locked in, and without recourse.
Besonders interessant finde ich die Argumentation mit den “Ur-Diensten” des Webs wie Mail, IRC und Usenet. Was damals P2P war, ist heute in den Händen von monopolistischen US-Konzernen.