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.
"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.
(Score: 4, Interesting) by c0lo on Monday October 14 2019, @02:04AM (5 children)
Summarize this [wikipedia.org], then.
Actually, don't bother, have it here [wikipedia.org]
Having a job that doesn't pay the roof over your head and running the risk being called a criminal.
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 14 2019, @05:04AM (4 children)
Sure. Fewer people than ever are in absolute poverty in the US of A, and the number in relative poverty is dwindling as well.
The treatment of the remaining, dwindling minority could use some improvement, but the general trend is that population scaling down.
There's your summary.
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 14 2019, @10:27AM (1 child)
Yet, almost half of the country can't afford a $400 emergency, very few can afford a $1,000 emergency, and half of the country makes $30,000 a year or less. This while wealth inequality keeps increasing, and while Trump's tax cuts have resulted in the rich paying a lower effective tax rate than working people. Having a TV or some other bits of technology does not make up for any of this. Saying, 'Well, things are better in some ways than they were in the past.' justifies none of this. This is like saying that someone in China ought to be happy with their totalitarian government because it's marginally better than North Korea's. Comparison is the enemy of freedom and justice.
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 14 2019, @04:56PM
Yes! Make all the things perfect! Right now! No time for moving in the right direction! Instant total perfection for everyone!
.... which happened nowhere, ever.
But the US is moving in the right direction. Obviously a plot of the ultrarich vampire lizardpeople.
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 14 2019, @01:52PM (1 child)
Given the reference, one wonders if the reduction in those numbers isn't "achieved" by "accommodating" of those poor people in prisons, to work for peanuts.
Wouldn't be terrible surprising.if so, late stage capitalism is bound to do a full circle and step into late stage communism; because there is no chance of endless growth, much less an exponential one, and the rich can keep their wealth only by brutal authority.
(Score: 3, Informative) by c0lo on Monday October 14 2019, @02:22PM
Well, well, well, ain't that [google.com] interesting?
Homelessness in the state and federal prison population. [nih.gov]
Court-imposed fines as a feature of the homelessness-incarceration nexus... [oup.com]
Our respondents experienced homelessness an average of 41 months during the current episode. Nearly two-thirds reported being convicted of a crime, and 78% had been incarcerated. More than 25% reported owing current legal fines. Individuals with legal fine debt experienced 22.9 months of additional homelessness after considering the effects of race, age, and gender.
We confirmed a strong association between homelessness and legal trouble. Among high-income countries, the USA has the highest rates of legal system involvement and the highest rates of homelessness; the relationship between the two may be connected.
Homelessness and Incarceration Are Intimately Linked [endhomelessness.org]
(RIP, MDC, I reckon you knew a lot about both homelessness and mental illness by direct experience).
Mentally ill people in United States jails and prisons [wikipedia.org]