DATA COLONIES

The planned future for the oppressed in the future globalist system

Tierney Peprah

1/15/2022 9 min read

Let’s face it, we are all rapidly headed in a direction we are not prepared for. We are now two years into a global pandemic that took even most survivalists by surprise, our ability to participate in society is now contingent on our vaccination status, and the world seems to be quickly curtailing into a pit of the unknown as inflation skyrockets to rates many of us have not experienced in our lifetimes. Through it all Afrikan people have suffered the worst in this apparent societal collapse that even has seen many privileged whites turning on the system that elevated them.

Many Afrikans in the Global South who have to live hand-to-mouth, pandemic or no pandemic, may not feel this impending collapse coming the same as Afrikans more engrained into the global economy. One of the benefits of being detached from the global machine is living a life not based on mass psychosis stemming from the World Wide Web, but on the ability to provide for one’s needs in real-time. In such instances, the detached communities rely more on word of mouth or the physical sharing of printed information to convey the seriousness of global politics. Political education is then not achieved by the mere sharing of a Tweet or a video on Instagram. Rather by more traditional means of organizing out of the corporate gaze of Silicon Valley (Big Brother).

The globalists have told Afrikans this ‘inability to connect’ (and not the exploitative globalist economy) is why Afrika has been left behind. Ignore the many thousands of years we have lived without such technology but were able to build civilizations and kingdoms where that standard of living for the masses was drastically superior to those living today who lack food, access to clean water, shelter, and other basic necessities tied to the land. We are to believe our problem is techlessness and not landlessness. Thus, the globalists create a problem and are quick to provide a solution. Not decolonization and a return to the soil. The great white solution is Internet provided, subsidized, and controlled by them. Afrikans can now cheer out loud that despite our landlessness, we have something better, Internet for all!

We saw this great white solution play out in last year’s #EndSARS protest when Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari banned the social media giant Twitter in response to an apparent regime change attempt by Twitter to fund civil society opposition groups on the ground using Bitcoin.[1] Many so called human rights activists who had been all but silent about the Nigerian government’s countless collusions with globalists that severely deprive Nigerians of their basic needs suddenly felt the need to speak up, because God forbid their access to Twitter be interrupted.[2]

We should understand by now that imperialists provide no “resource” to Afrikans without expecting a quadruple return. However, we are told to dutifully trust the goodwill of the globalist system, that their desire to provide Internet access is unpretentious and pure. But the true agenda is not hard to uncover. The World Economic Forum’s proclamation in The Great Reset, “You will own nothing and be happy” has to sound an alarm in the mind of the oppressed Afrikan.[3] They clearly want us happy, blissfully chapping away amongst our friends and family while we’re 100% under their control.

UN Human Right to Internet – the Trojan Horse

In the past couple of years the United Nations has boldly proclaimed a universal right to the Internet. Their argument is that Internet connection has been so vital to the lives of so many that not providing access to the web for every single person is a violation of their human rights. In July 2016 the UN Human Rights Commission issued a declaration, which welcomes the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and recognizes “that the spread of information and communications technology and global interconnectedness has great potential to accelerate human progress, to bridge the digital divide and to develop knowledge societies.”[4] The declaration went on to call on “States to consider formulating, through transparent and inclusive processes with all stakeholders, and adopting national Internet-related public policies that have the objective of universal access and enjoyment of human rights at their core.”[5]

In comes Afrika. If Internet access is a human right, then Afrika must be global priority number one for the tech-savors wishing to rescue the world from techlessness. About the “digital divide” the World Economic Forum laments “about 80% of Europe's population is connected to the internet, but in many parts of Africa access remains the preserve of a minority” and in “Uganda, only 26% of people have online access - one of the lowest rates in sub-Saharan Africa.”[6] Similarly according to the article Achieving Universal Internet Access in Africa by 2030 by the Borgen Project, “17.8% of households in Africa had internet access at home,” and “10.7% of households in Africa had a computer.”[7] Stats like these are seen as horrific to the technocrats in a world quickly digitizing our every move and interaction.

To be clear, the point of this article is not to assert that access to the Internet in Afrika is necessarily bad. In fact, as the world system becomes more sophisticated with masking its agenda, we as a people should move away from analyzing things as good or bad. However, the blanket proposition that all technology is good, without insight as to what the technology was created to do, must be challenged. For example, to some people having an Alexa device is helpful and useful to their everyday life. They can get easy answers to questions, play their favorite song at the sound of their voice, and even turn their house lights on or off without lifting a finger. But if the entire purpose of Alexa is to spy on you, as many have alleged[8], the negatives easily outweigh the benefits. So if the Internet is given to Afrikans in mass and allows them to communicate globally, create new digital sources of income, and have ease of many of life’s difficulties, some might say these things are good. But if the overall purpose is control, surveillance, and social programming, then assuming most Afrikans unconsciously using the Internet become susceptible to that agenda then universal Internet access is in fact bad.

Therefore, it makes sense to say any Internet controlled by and for our oppressors is ultimately bad, if not in the short-term then certainly in the long-term. The only way the Internet could possibly be good is if that medium is controlled by the masses of Afrikans. That would require a drastic step that most would outright reject. Instead of automatically adopting the colonial system’s technology, we would have to essentially slow down and develop at a pace we can control that propels us to independence? This approach would undoubtedly require sacrifices as far as the ease and efficiency of the Internet as we know it. And for the vast majority of us, we will not feel motivated to develop in this way if we still have the option to log into the oppressor’s medium. However, if we are unable to take this essential step, Afrikans will willfully be walking into a future existence as the data colonies for the globalist North.

The Data Colony Agenda

It was reported in 2020 that Facebook has been working on an underwater cable that would engulf Afrika in an effort to “provide nearly three times the total network capacity of all the subsea cables serving Africa today.” [9] At the same time, Google is also building an underwater cable to connect Afrika with Europe. All of this is happening in real-time, meaning a future is being determined for Afrikans to be locked into digital plantations where we’re forced to participate in a controlled digital system while our data is harvested by a technological oligarchy designed to consolidate whatever power is left for the global elite.

 

Many have already given this state of powerlessness we are entering into a name, “data colonialism,” undoubtedly the next stage of neocolonialism. To define:

Data colonialism is the startling new social order based on continuous tracking of our devices and online lives that has created unprecedented opportunities for social discrimination and behavioural influence by corporations. It goes well beyond the social media platforms and search engines that have attracted most criticism, and comprises a complete reorganisation of everyday life and business.[10]

Calling the enclosing globalist system driven by tech a form of ‘colonialism’ may seem trivializing to us Afrikans already colonized, after all the participation in this new world tech system is not by force. However, if neocolonialism has taught us Afrikans anything, it’s that we have to redefine “force” based on the present system we’re in and not on past systems. Many confused Afrikans have sought to distinguish American mass incarceration from chattel slavery because in most instances it may be said that those incarcerated probably have committed some crime that lead to their imprisonment. The error in that logic is that even if every single Afrikan had committed some criminal offense, the sheer fact they have been locked into a racist system where they are socially and economically isolated means the way we define crime is a setup to begin with. The same thing is true with data colonialism, we are literally being set up to participate in a system whether we like it or not. 

Social pressure and economic necessity have made it the case that most Afrikans in the Global North feel dependent on having cellphones always within arms reach. Whereas 15 years ago we completely lived and functioned without access to a smartphone, today many of us consider it a basic utility along with heat, shelter, food and water. Email accounts, social media account, bank accounts, online shopping, digital workspaces, most of us cannot function without accessing at least one of these digital systems throughout the day, despite most of us being fully conscious of the fact that our Internet usage is monitored and surveilled by corporate entities we may regard as our enemies. In a literal sense, yes we have a choice. In a functional and systemic sense, however, most of us do not.

You may ask why is control of data so dangerous. The answer is simple. Psychological manipulation and social engineering. Going back to #EndSARS, without mitigating the mass police brutality Afrikans face frequently at the hands of law enforcement and military, we should be honest and recognize that the worldwide elevation of that movement that started on the ground was driven by people like Jack Dorsey, who frequently ignore other mass protests that go directly at the core of the colonial system. In this case, was the worldwide popularity of that movement really for the aid of Nigerians, or was it a social experiment conducted by tech globalists who elevate causes they perceive as non-threatening to their power, and mute out mobilization efforts against the global imperialist system? Consider this analysis, “Colonising a country no longer requires its physical invasion with military strength but can simply be done by controlling activities through networks and databases with a single click.”[11] In the future a single click or algorithm will have the potential to completely destabilize organizational efforts and cripple dissent to the colonial system much swifter and more effective than before, making COINTELPRO in comparison look like a rudimentary operation.

Data colonialism, similar to formal colonialism, is ultimately about power. The power to manipulate, the power to silence, the power to distract and derail, and the power to anticipate. Put simply, as long as Afrikans are trapped in a matrix controlled by our oppressors as the central means of communication and networking, we will never be free.

We are at a highly critical time. The globalists have planned our future. The globalists have set the stage. A gradual plan for our independence will not suffice. We need a radical and actionable plan to break away from the global system and do so quickly. Our oppressors already have perfected the art of control. We must now make a definitive decision to resist.

SOURCES:

[1] OHIMAI AMAIZE, How Twitter Amplified the Divisions That Derailed Nigeria’s #EndSARS Movement, https://slate.com/technology/2021/04/endsars-nigeria-twitter-jack-dorsey-feminist-coalition.html (Apr. 20, 2021)

[2] Nick Couldry, Ulises Ali Mejias, Resistance to the new data colonialism must start now, https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2020/4/28/resistance-to-the-new-data-colonialism-must-start-now/ (Apr. 28, 2020)

[3] Jeff Thomas, You’ll Own Nothing and You’ll Be Happy, https://internationalman.com/articles/you-will-own-nothing-and-you-will-be-happy/

[4] Interesting enough, the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal coincides with the 2030 prediction by the World Economic Forum that by 2030 “You will own nothing and be happy.”

[5] Human Rights Council, Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil ,political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development, UN General Assembly, https://www.article19.org/data/files/Internet_Statement_Adopted.pdf, (July 27, 2016)

[6] Kim Harrisberg, Bridging Africa's digital divide: The rise of community internet, World Economic Forum, Thomson Reuters Foundation, https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/12/bridging-africas-digital-divide-the-rise-of-community-internet?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social_scheduler&utm_term=Digital+Identity&utm_content=19/12/2021+03:00&fbclid=IwAR1o26GzgDVEdlwsIZRIRRPy-BcjmxiU_atEuUjpR3OKUDGIQORr7vu_VCQ

[7] The Borgen Project, ACHIEVING UNIVERSAL INTERNET ACCESS IN AFRICA BY 2030, https://borgenproject.org/internet-access-in-africa-2/

[8] Strange Sounds, The terrible truth about Alexa: It is made to spy on us, https://strangesounds.org/2019/05/alexa-spy-device-amazon-video.html (May 25, 2019)

[9] Facebook is building a huge undersea cable around Africa to boost internet access in the continent , https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/14/facebook-building-undersea-cable-in-africa-to-boost-internet-access.html, (May 14, 2020, Updated June 2, 2020)

[10] Nick Couldry, Ulises Ali Mejias, Resistance to the new data colonialism must start now, https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2020/4/28/resistance-to-the-new-data-colonialism-must-start-now/ (Apr. 28, 2020)

[11] Osama Manzar, What is data colonisation and why it matters to us in India, https://wap.business-standard.com/article-amp/economy-policy/who-owns-your-data-india-needs-to-tackle-data-colonisation-soon-117081700234_1.html, (Aug. 17 2017)