Continuum of data ownership

This is an excerpt of a private email between Curtis and Dustin, reprinted here with permission.

CURTIS YARVIN: There's a long continuum of data ownership:
  1. evilcorp has your data and you can't see it
  2. evilcorp has your data and offers filtered access via a UI
  3. evilcorp has your data and offers snapshots / queries
  4. evilcorp has your data and lets you mirror it effectively
  5. you have your data but let evilcorp mirror it effectively
  6. you have your data but offer evilcorp queries
Each step in this is better than the last. At the last step, I consider evilcorp tamed, to the extent that any such thing can be tamed. But you advance in this fight step by step, and evilcorp by evilcorp. Urbit is not a silver bullet and I'm skeptical that there is one.