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

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.


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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 13 2019, @04:57PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 13 2019, @04:57PM (#906657)

    "Hi! Thanks for being our PIT. We're super-excited that you decided to join us as a PIT so that we can have a whole team of PITs helping us do ... things. What exactly do you do?"

    "I do tech stuff! But only inasmuch as it improves the lives of the forgotten margins of society."

    "... hang on, isn't that why we pay taxes?"

    "Yeah, but having PITs around totally makes you look great! It's a public consciousness marketing message!"

    "Oh. Oh, right. Um, right. You're vegan right?"

    "Well ..."

    "You're transitioning? Or transitioned?"

    "Sexually? N-nno?"

    "Are you an orphaned, disabled, combat veteran, activist, racial and religious minority?"

    "Wait, what?"

    "You have a job until we find someone more oppressed than you. Better give up that meat if you want to work here, you stink of oppressor."

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