Conrad, you are right to be skeptical but we aren't talking about any new tech. Just the web.
The corporate alternative we speak of is the individual.
I know the idea of personal ownership may not gel with your economic values but solidarity begins with a commitment to self.
Doesn't just take data management specialists, it takes, leaders, teachers, and organizers. Fighting exploitation always been this way in history. Why would the web be different?
Does developing the literacy skills and having the income to support this vision reflect inequity. Yes. Again literacy has always reflected our power structures, and yet at the same literary is the the only thing that can topple power.
That's the alternative, let us fight to bring basic web literacy to all and empower people to own their data and control how it is used.