Stories
Slash Boxes
Comments

SoylentNews is people

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.


Original Submission

 
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.
Display Options Threshold/Breakthrough Mark All as Read Mark All as Unread
The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
  • (Score: 2) by PartTimeZombie on Sunday October 13 2019, @08:11PM (8 children)

    by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Sunday October 13 2019, @08:11PM (#906700)

    Redhat do sell software, it is called Red Hat Enterprise Linux and there is a "buy it" button right there on their site.

    Starting Score:    1  point
    Karma-Bonus Modifier   +1  

    Total Score:   2  
  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by barbara hudson on Sunday October 13 2019, @09:47PM

    by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Sunday October 13 2019, @09:47PM (#906720) Journal
    It comes with a mandatory service contract - it's the contract you're paying for. Otherwise just grab Centos.
    --
    SoylentNews is social media. Says so right in the slogan. Soylentnews is people, not tech.
  • (Score: 2) by arslan on Sunday October 13 2019, @09:49PM (2 children)

    by arslan (3462) on Sunday October 13 2019, @09:49PM (#906722)

    Umm technically they sell support, you can download RHEL, and source, and use it for free; yes registration required and they don't make it simple but not paid. You just don't get support, if you want support you pay for it. But yea, for most folks they see them as practically "selling" RHEL - me included. If you don't want to "buy" you just use Centos or Fedora or something else entirely you wounldn't bother jumping through hoops to get the "free" RHEL (or you just BT it)

    • (Score: 2) by PartTimeZombie on Sunday October 13 2019, @10:13PM (1 child)

      by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Sunday October 13 2019, @10:13PM (#906738)

      Oh, well technically correct, because that is the best kind of correct.

      • (Score: 2) by arslan on Monday October 14 2019, @12:13AM

        by arslan (3462) on Monday October 14 2019, @12:13AM (#906779)

        touché! =)

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 13 2019, @09:54PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 13 2019, @09:54PM (#906726)

    Even then, you can just use CentOS. It is basically identical, minus the branding and support. And that doesn't get into the other derivatives either.

    • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Monday October 14 2019, @09:54AM (2 children)

      by c0lo (156) on Monday October 14 2019, @09:54AM (#906882) Journal

      Even then, you can just use CentOS

      Actually, you can't. Every time I tried, it resembled an exercise in retrocomputing (by how many packages were about two years behind).

      --
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 14 2019, @02:04PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 14 2019, @02:04PM (#906922)

        you can't [use CentOS] ... many packages [are] about two years behind

        That's why people buy RHEL, to stay safely off the bleeding edge.

        • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Monday October 14 2019, @02:25PM

          by c0lo (156) on Monday October 14 2019, @02:25PM (#906930) Journal

          May be good for office work, but it's worse than pulmonary anthrax if you need to develop on that platform - a painful and sure professional death.

          --
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0