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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: 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) Subscriber Badge 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).

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    • (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) Subscriber Badge 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.

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