PSA TO SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL WORKERS: YOUR TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE IS NOT, AND CANNOT EVER BE, POLITICALLY NEUTRAL
@dankwraith that's why I'm just a huge moron. being a dumbass is praxis.
@dankwraith it’s true.
@xj9 @dankwraith The only way I know of for which you, as a technologist, can empower the person being abused is by using, fostering and applying copyright licenses that deal with both copyright and patent/trade secret law in a way that is always one step ahead of both the end user/abuser and of the abused. For that, foster strong #copyleft such as latest #AGPL with "or-later" option or without that option, but with a "license proxy" per the AGPL.
@dankwraith I'm asking this in good faith - could you explain what you mean? How is, for example, learning Java not political neutral?
@sori what if someone asks you to use java to build a database of political dissidents
@sori what i mean isn't that everything you know is inherently political, but how you will be asked to apply that knowledge and to what ends very much is
This shit is being used to surveil computer activity, protecting corporate and government networks, partly against ransomware, which is definitely developed by organized crime, and probably foreign states as well.
Virus scanners are political.
@dankwraith Yes but that's different than learning and acquiring knowledge. I refuse to work with clients that I find morally reprehensible. I suppose that's also political in nature, eh?
It's hard to make the argument that the skill in itself is political, just what you do with it. Art has the same thing, I think most professions do?
It's a shame that this needs to be said and is not obvious to some people.
I remember RMS once said, which roughly means this: Nerds think they can leave politics alone and mind their own business, but politics never leaves you alone.
@dankwraith Fine, but the real problem is when political decisions are not scientific.
@dankwraith "knowledge is inseparable from the use to which it is put" - the Situationists
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