Talk: "On technological liberty" by Andrew Wilson

(Michael Downey) #1

In a recent talk delievered at the FSFE’s Legal and Licensing Workshop, Andrew Wilson compared free & open source software issues all the way back to the work of 19th century philosopher John Stuart Mill and others.

One interesting idea he proposed is that ethical technology should have three key concepts:

  1. “Explicability” to other people so they can clearly understand what the technology is doing,
  2. “Demonstrability” that the technology works by testing it to others, and
  3. “Responsibility” and committment undertaken by humans to make the technology and who can fix it when it breaks.

More on these ideas and more in this summary of his talk:

What do you think? Do you agree with his ideas? Can we draw upon the learnings from the past as we struggle with long-term sustainability for open source public goods?

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