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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: 3, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 13 2019, @05:01PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 13 2019, @05:01PM (#906658)

    But otherwise yes there is a desperate need for:
    Scientists to tackle problems whose solution produces NO PROFIT
    Because those problems cannot be solved by capitalism

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  • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 13 2019, @05:10PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 13 2019, @05:10PM (#906662)

    Problem:

    profit is a production of surplus value

    value is in the eye of the beholder

    It's not just a matter of counting more beans when you finished than when you started.

    In other words, capitalism offers no breadth of variety, if you have a population with no breadth of variety. When you find such a population, let us know where you found the human ant nest.

    The rest of us are running in a million different directions. Capitalist or not.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 13 2019, @05:41PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 13 2019, @05:41PM (#906682)

      When you find such a population, let us know where you found the human ant nest.

      Perhaps at the RNC?