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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, @09:56PM

    by arslan (3462) on Sunday October 13 2019, @09:56PM (#906730)

    I dunno, there's still a need for the middle class, maybe a lot less, but someone's gotta maintain the robots, help to think and invent new shit. Until the robots think for themselves and invent new shit of course, but when that happens what need do they have for meat bags, rich or poor?

    Now on to topic, It is a silly job for sure, but the way we're going, with the amount of techno-clueless sheeple out there; this has some practical benefits. Sure there's other ways to educate and incentivize the masses but like everything else it doesn't have to be this way or that but rather a combination of.

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