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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: 3, Interesting) by Runaway1956 on Sunday October 13 2019, @05:08PM (2 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday October 13 2019, @05:08PM (#906660) Homepage Journal

    If that were all true, I would expect to cruise through the ghetto, and find "poor" people in possession of crazily modified cars, sporting huge 20 inch wheels costing thousands of dollars, wearing lots of bling, name brand "designer" clothing, snorting coke, drinking their favorite alcoholic beverages, showing off huge amounts of cash, and women dripping from their arms.

    Oh, wait. A duck search of ghetto bling assures me that all of that is real . . . and, maybe I should do moderate safe searches . . . some of that stuff I really didn't want to see . . . []

    Our first six presidents were educated men. Then, along came a Democrat.
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  • (Score: 2, Touché) by RandomFactor on Sunday October 13 2019, @08:14PM (1 child)

    by RandomFactor (3682) Subscriber Badge on Sunday October 13 2019, @08:14PM (#906702) Journal

    That video is pure gold.

    В «Правде» нет известий, в «Известиях» нет правды
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 14 2019, @07:10AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 14 2019, @07:10AM (#906854)

      It's from one of the Bumfights movies, probably the second one [].