Software development, or any kind of creative endeavour, should not be politically neutral. Being politically neutral is a privilege. Being politically neutral is looking the other way while entire groups of people are dehumanized and targeted with violence. Political neutrality is caring more about hypothetical thought experiments than the safety of real people.
It's absolutely crazy that we hand arbitrary power to people who are experts in manipulation and often nothing else.
We then leave it up to them to bodge together the policies that shape our lives, behind closed doors and guided by interests of unknown actors.
Meanwhile, we use the power of computer networking to share trivia and shout into the void.
Surely this isn't "not perfect but the best we've got"?!?
So I'm thinking of a politically neutral platform for developing policy. Policies are developed through transparent discussion while the platform keeps track of compatibility between policies and networks of trust between people.
As a user I can take part in developing policy and/or fork/create policies. I can also lend weight to particular people on specific topics. I define who I believe to be an expert in a particular field. The network suggests people I might trust. 1/3
UK Politics Show more
I'm very indifferent about May resigning because she'll be replaced by some other nasty piece of shit and the Conservatives will still be in power
Grief and mental health Show more
Clear, cold, dark.
The bright face of the moon
averted. Diverted to light up
another place. Just empty space.
Even the stars don't shine.
Nobody told the tide.
The highs elated, the lows deflated,
No light to break the gloom.
But when I hear you
I see the stars begin to glisten,
each one a doctor for the sky.
And when I feel you we fly.
Together. Under the same moon.
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