95 Theses of Geek Activism

Many years ago, a chap named Martin Luther (not to be confused with Martin Luther King, Jr.) posted his 95 Theses on the door of Wittenburg Cathedral… and at a stroke, started the reformation and birthed the Protestant Church.

More recently, another fellow has posted his 95 Theses of Geek Activism on the door of the Internet. Some are humanitarian, some are political. Some I agree with, some I don’t. Technically there’s not really 95 of them, due to repetition. And they are not all “Theses”. But the idea is a good one, and deserves respect. Here are a few of my favourites:

  • Trusted computers must not be trusted.
  • Fair use is a good thing.
  • Data mining will not stop terror.
  • Except for extreme cases, the government should not be in the business of parenting our children.
  • Security is a trade-off- what are you willing to give up?
  • DRM only keeps an honest user honest.

Recommended reading for Geeks… and those who are trying to understand them.

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  • joelburge  On July 27, 2006 at 2:00 PM

    I really like #17 – “Some corporations are on your side- find them and reward them.” Makes me feel a little better for supporting Apple like I do.

  • Wizard Prang  On July 27, 2006 at 6:28 PM

    I am not sure that I agree.

    Corporations are, by definition, Psychotic creatures, bound by law to maximize profits and shareholder value. They are not “on your side”. They cannot be.

    To quote Treebeard, “I am not on anybody’s side, because nobody is on my side”

    That does not mean that they are all inherently evil; some Corporations are better behaved than others. This behavior should be rewarded.

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