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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: 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)

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  • (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! =)