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posted by Fnord666 on Sunday October 13 2019, @03:11PM   Printer-friendly
from the last-throes-of-public-culture dept.

https://public-interest-tech.com/

Mr. Schneier and friends have created a new website to promote a change to the socio-economic technical milieu we are currently facing.

He suggests we need to have "public interest technologists" to help the situation.

He writes:

"We need technologists who work in the public interest. We need public-interest technologists.

Defining this term is difficult. One Ford Foundation blog post described public-interest technologists as "technology practitioners who focus on social justice, the common good, and/or the public interest.""

Is he right? How can this be implemented without becoming as riddled with government agents, spies and mafias as the key positions of our corporations and institutions are right now?

Full disclosure: this writer has been a public interest technologist for a while now and I have actually alluded to the need for something like what is being suggested on multiple occasions, 'a different kind of organization' is the way I put it, way back a few months ago.

Discuss.


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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Sunday October 13 2019, @04:16PM (6 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday October 13 2019, @04:16PM (#906644) Homepage Journal

    We most definitely need another bunch of stupid fucks telling us what to think, what to do, how to vote, what to buy, what to avoid, etc ad nauseum.

    “technology practitioners who focus on social justice, the common good, and/or the public interest.”

    Just what I wanted. A social justice aligned technician. Don't allow just anyone to work on your car, make sure he is a social justice warrior who will consider your car's feelings!! The automation guy who fixes your robots on the job? Unless he's emotionally in tune with the robots, he's gone, gone, gone, with yesterday's buggy whips!

    I'm not going to spend time dumping on Bruce, because he's been doing good work for so long. But, Bruce needs to concentrate on his own work, and leave the SJW's to do their own - uhhhhh - undermining of America.

    See my code of conduct in my sig.

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  • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 13 2019, @05:53PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 13 2019, @05:53PM (#906685)

    You WANT to buy a Win10 PC and you WILL like it.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 14 2019, @02:13AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 14 2019, @02:13AM (#906812)

      He DID buy a Win10 PC and he LIKED it very much. So much that he WANTS to by another Win10 PC to double his LIKE feeling.

  • (Score: 1) by RandomFactor on Sunday October 13 2019, @09:05PM (2 children)

    by RandomFactor (3682) Subscriber Badge on Sunday October 13 2019, @09:05PM (#906707) Journal

    Don't allow just anyone to work on your car, make sure he is a social justice warrior who will consider your car's feelings!!

    I think that's a bit of a straw person. It seems more likely zhey would not affirm the vehicle's feelings at all and would instead consider the broad oppressive social structure, the vehicle custodian's apparent place within it, and adjust the outcome for the vehicle based on the vehicle custodian's perceived standing in the SJW victim hierarchy.
     
    This is different than the classical model where the outcome for the vehicle is largely based on what the mechanic is paid to do to it.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 14 2019, @01:32AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 14 2019, @01:32AM (#906802)

      It seems more likely zhey would not affirm the vehicle's feelings at all

      I'm not woke enough, is "zhey" the pronoun for people that currently identify as attack helicopters?

      • (Score: 1) by RandomFactor on Sunday October 20 2019, @01:29PM

        by RandomFactor (3682) Subscriber Badge on Sunday October 20 2019, @01:29PM (#909541) Journal

        Or possibly penguins.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 14 2019, @02:09AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 14 2019, @02:09AM (#906810)

    We most definitely need another bunch of stupid fucks telling us what to think, what to do, how to vote, what to buy, what to avoid, etc ad nauseum.

    But of course. At least until you learn how to actually think. Signs that you can think have always been scarce at best and rarer as the times go by.