[N J ♥Mindful Play: ]Free Software, Peer Production and Human Rights Jonah Bossewitch PhD Candidate, Columbia University http://alchemicalmusings.org
The Joker’s DetonatorsFree Software and Human Rights Jonah Bossewitch PhD Candidate, Columbia University http://alchemicalmusings.org
Ask me about software freedom“Education is theunﬁnished business of therevolution” Malak Zaalouk, Director of the Middle East Institute of Higher EducationOnline learning andeducation can helpreduce "extremism" inthe world Daphne Koller, Co-Founder of Coursera
Criminalizing Communications - Intelligence and Communication have always been powerful, and often lethal. - National Defense Authorization Act: - Software as speech? Material support? - Aiding and Abetting?
Playing with Fire: Not just for hobbyists- Android- DIY Drones- 3-D Printing- Open-Source Guidance Systems- Arduinos
Android- General Purpose Computing Platform- Cell phone hardware requirements have enabled drones, and the commodiﬁcation of precision components
3-D Printing- Wiki Weapons project - http://defensedistributed.com “This project might change the way we think about gun control and consumption. How do governments behave if they must one day operate on the assumption that any and every citizen has near instant access to a ﬁrearm through the Internet? Let’s ﬁnd out.”
Open Source Toy Rockets- Open hardware and software designs for high powered model rocketry & guidance systems
Arduinos- Little Buddy in Italian- Open-Source Actuators: Control systems that sense, decide, and act on the physical environment
Bomb Kiddies?- How long does it take to assemble an IED?- How long to assemble your second?- Designs evolving on internet-time, exchanged on distributed exchanges (e.g. Pirate Bay?)
Sentient Landmines- Face Detection?- Networked Detonations??- Random Detonations???
It from Bit- Platform is somewhat irrelevant...- The critical transitions are from: - Hardware Software - Individuals Network
Please, describe your problemsJoseph Weizenbaum (1923-2008) - Plug & Pray (2010) - Dr. ELIZA - http://bit.ly/10VLdoG
“‘The technology itself is neutral and value-free and it justdepends how one uses it...’ Well, that is false... we live in aconcrete society, [and] with concrete social and historicalcircumstances and political realities in this society, it isperfectly obvious that when something like a computer isinvented, then it is going to be adopted will be for militarypurposes” - http://tech.mit.edu/V105/N16/weisen.16n.html “We should always stay mindful of the dangers that emerge with new technology and debate those dangers, because some of them will turn out to be real." - http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/obituaries/articles/ 2008/03/16/joseph_weizenbaum_85_mit_professor_humanist/
Rhetorical Thought Experiments - Will the ﬁrst recognizably sentient AI be running on Free Software? - Who will try to patent the process we know as consciousness?
Copy-Lefting Ethics? [ x x ] & HACKTIVISMO ((___)) cDc communications ( ) July 4th, 2001 _ (U) / "A Special Message of Hope" _- Human rights licenses - Hacktivismo Enhanced-Source Software License Agreement (HESSLA) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Torrify Ethical Software License Agreement (TESLA)- Prohibits the use or modiﬁcation of the software to violate human rights or to introduce features that spy on the user.
Freedoms Collide- Rejected by the Free Software Foundation, and most other Free Software communities. - What webserver runs www.kkk.com?
Robotic Arms Control- http://icrac.net- “say no to killer robots”
¿Questions?- How should the average software developer think about their responsibilities towards the potential uses of their creations?- Will proliferation of these technologies balance the inequalities, or launch arms races?- How can we encourage this conversation?- “Everything is valuable under the right conditions”...