[Nottingham] BBC iPlayer petition

Richard Smedley rs at m6-it.org
Thu Jul 5 17:05:40 BST 2007

On Thu, 2007-07-05 at 16:53 +0100, Graeme Fowler wrote:
> I was only using ethics in the _very_ narrow sense of open- and closed-
> source software, desktop computing, DRM and so on. The topic of the
> thread, if you will :)

Ah, but when you draw people's attention to the ethical issues
of computing (and curiously enough these issues are not apparent 
in most people's first vendor-led introduction to IT ;^) - then
people often respond positively to ethical choices. At least
far more than 1% do so  =o)

One of my fellow directors draws an analogy with fair trade coffee
- when I was buying it in the early 80s, no-one seemed to be informed
or care much about it - now it is becoming the norm, with even
eco-baddie McDonalds getting in on the act. If people bring the same
level of knowledge, interest, and ethical awareness to their
IT purchases [1] we shall see further moves to Free Software :-)

 - Richard

[1] Note this implies not just Free Software, but recycled computing
and/or low-power consumption boxen as well :)

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