I have a feeling that the FLOSS movement in spirit was constructed in the previous centralised computing paradigm with timesharing systems, and in some sense is left there. I wonder what its corresponding movement of our time would be, now that the pendulum has swung back from the desktop computing paradigm and into dumb terminals over a document format?
@albin As I see it: decentralization.
@alcinnz I think so, but not just that. If they used copyright law and GPL, I think we need to do similar forays into other fields, but I'm still quite fuzzy on the details of what that means.
@alcinnz Without having read anything about it, it sounds reasonable to me!
@albin I'll look up some articals for you, but the idea is that if you can do your core job without uploading a piece of data to some central servers you are forbidden from doing so. And you can't say "but we can offer more conveniences by collecting this data".
But definitely these links:
@Hamishcampbell I...partially agree. I mean, of course the society in which the data collection happens matters, as that affects who collects data on whom and what they can use it for, and I would certainly be sceptical of purely libertarian perspectives, but I still think some variant of Stallman's policies might make sense, if nothing else then as harm reduction for our particular society at this point in time. Would you agree to that?
@albin yep, fair point, but good to point this as disfuctional mediation and clearly not as a desirable outcome. Its inhuman.
@Hamishcampbell Do you mean that *all* sorts of data collections are a necessary part of the human condition? I am not sure I follow your argument here, but it sounds interesting.
Also, when you talk about "not being human", how do you relate this to eg the concept of the modern human as cyborg. which I have heard some people use in these discussions as well?
I'm not sure exactly a libertarian fantasy, but its certainly one that is definately pro individualisation
if you look and follow the logic to its extreme- dont store or share any data, you end up with something that could be called hyper individualization, something that maybe wouldnt be life?
Dont most interactions, between, not just humans, but any two given organisms, require some kind of exchange of 'data'
Life is a lot about connections and sharing
This is definitely not a cure-all, or even a proposal, but is anything happening about licenses for data similar to licenses for software? I know, creative commons, but I am thinking about your personal data that accompanies your online activities of all kinds.
Like, there are good uses for open data in science etc. And then bad uses...
That's a good subject as a healthy society is based on trust. Over the last 30 years we have been pushing society in unhealthy direction's. And privacy and openness (trust) are at the core of this. The #encryptionists are part of the problem not a part of the solution the last 10 years in alt-tec.
We have foundation funding to cover the server costs till the community's are self funding/managing.
@bhaugen I'm not specifically aware of data licenses, though CC tends in that direction.
Data and code are both covered by copyright, so copyright-based language ... is at least a start.
I'd argue that there's additional components to personal data, especially in bulk, which _aren't_ adequately addressed by copyright. But then, you could say the same of software, and GPL, et al, have worked fairly well.
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