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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 as a technologist, you inevitably create and apply technology. as a moral agent, you cannot escape the political consequences of your actions.

@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.

@adfeno @dankwraith

alternatively, the sci-hub model wherein we simply ignore copyright and distribute scientific knowledge for free 🏴‍☠️ :walkaway:
>YOUR TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE IS NOT, AND CANNOT EVER BE, POLITICALLY NEUTRAL
HAHA, POSTSCRIPT GO BRRRRRR

Dude just like caveat emptor, knowledge is inherit, passing is your volition.

“While I, Prometheus, gave mankin knowledge of fire, Zeus torments me because I thought his clay dolls were cool.”
@xj9 @adfeno @dankwraith
@rin @adfeno @dankwraith

fuck the prime directive, people knowing stuff they shouldn't is way more exciting and interesting

@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

@dankwraith @sori doing security tech stuff and I'm sure my coworkers consider it "apolitical"

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 @sori Although the designs of programming languages are also political. Like, Java is intended to make entry-level programmers interchangeable, to facilitate "hire off the rack, give 'em the sack" patterns.and facilitate top-down control by system architects.

@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?

@dankwraith
It's a shame that this needs to be said and is not obvious to some people.

@dankwraith
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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