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Revolutionary tech work Comrade 08/25/2019 (Sun) 14:58:45 No. 2559
I have knowledge for FreeBSD/Linux system administration and programming skills in C, C++ and Lisp. What's the best way to use these for revolutionary work?

I thought of making an application useful for punks, bums and people living an anarchist lifestyle but these people usually either can't afford or choose not to use this kind of technology. I thought of an application that could help anarchists organize but I'm thinking it could also be used against us, because it could help fascist groups identify and find us as much as it could help anarchists find and help each other. This is dangerous because it's as useful for fascist missions as it is for anti-fascist/anarchist ones. Otherwise, hosting something like an IRC platform and creating an application to ease its use could be nice but it's already being done by IRC channels, Facebook/Messenger groups and Discord groups, and it still excludes people who don't have access to this kind of technology. The goal in making a new application would thus be to help people help others, or to make the use of the application by indoctrinated people useful to anarchists without them having to use the application. I can't find any interesting idea fitting one of these descriptions.

Right now the only thing I can see is contributing to open source software that's already being used as backbones for other revolutionary software, like news sites, blogs, applications, etc. to contribute indirectly to these while having as big an impact as possible (contributing to a library used by many platforms helps more platforms than directly contributing to one). That would be low-level stuff like nginx, widely used libraries, an IRC daemon used by IRC networks hosting leftist channels, etc.

About the FSF, contributing to software of theirs that interest me like emacs would only be useful for other programmers, who, by that fact, should already have enough talent to take care of their own and thus should be helping others. This goes for many projects by GNU and the FSF, which are often aimed at corporations and corporate pawns to make them dependent on their software and leech for donations to the foundation. In other words, the software is made to help capitalists who have money to give to the FSF. Also, contributing to GNU projects would force me to voluntarily give the copyright of my contribution to the FSF, thus alienating me of my own work. Maintaining intellectual ownership over my contribution is important to me, because even though I'm using a free license, I want to be recognized for it. The fruit of my labour is mine, made for others, and the way the FSF does things goes against that. Contributing to FreeBSD, on the other hand, would give me this, even though it has the same issue of being aimed at capitalists who have money to give to the FreeBSD Foundation.

What does /tech/ do to help people with their tech skills?
Revolutions aren't done by individuals. Asking yourself all the time whether what you are doing is REVOLUTIONARY looks like a sure way to the madhouse. Just ask yourself: Am I doing something good? Working on software for organizing meetups or structuring discussions doesn't bring with it some inherent leftiness. I don't understand your BSD plug in the end, seems to mix up the copyleft idea with plagiarism.
>What does /tech/ do to help people with their tech skills?
Some free educational software stuff, but it's still in the brainstorming phase and because I'm lazy and technically incompetent I'll probably try to get somebody to help me with that who could do it in one week but who is extremely flaky and who has let me down before. Ask me again in ten years.
>>593
Sorry, I meant helping people using their tech skills.

By revolutionary work I mean helping people and organizing, of course revolutions aren't done by individuals, but individuals do need to gather and act, and individuals in need do need help that I could provide using software.
>>588
I've thought about making an app to help people organize. Similar to how people can make subreddits, or how on 8ch people could make boards, in this app, people could make syndicates.
The syndicates would be anarcho-syndicalist style (like voting and shit) to prevent monopolization of power that happens in syndicates today.
Not a syndicalist (or anarchist) myself, but I figured this could really help people organize and express their frustrations to other workers.
Possibly, syndicates could join with other syndicates in "federations" of syndicates, so like people who work in telephone industries could band together and hold a joint strike, for example.
Speaking with a leftist lawyer, he suggested that the app could include a section on labor rights/laws. I thought it was a good idea.
This app could be named SyndiCat (ENG) or SindiGato (ESP), and could have a wild cat as the logo. Don't really care about this, just liked it when it occurred to me.
"Union fees" could be asked from users to pay for dev+server+services costs. Otherwise, advertising would be an easier option. If it's decided to go the union-fees route, I think it's important to consider third-world purchase power, as 1 USD is not a lot in the US but considerably more in other places, especially if they're unbanked.
There would need to be an "MVP" kind of thing. The basic product would need auth. A chat probably (or a forum like function). Some voting functions.
After that, things could get fancy, like initiating a vote for a new delegate. Federations of syndicates. Labor laws section pertaining to user's locality. Kicking out users of the syndicate.

What this would need:
- A backend
- An android front end (since I live in a third world and most workers don't have iPhones).
- Theory (anarcho syndicalist?)
- Marketing (this would probably be expensive)

Some other considerations:
- Could attract right wing terrorists and allow them to organize (not probable, but possible)
- Bosses could infiltrate syndicates

Right now I'm really busy with work, but I've been learning front-end dev recently on my free time (much much more experienced building back-ends), hopefully I'll get some time to develop this idea more fully.
I'd like to know your (as in OP and /tech/ generally) opinion. Any feedback, extra ideas, is genuinely appreciated.
>>602
>syndicates could join with other syndicates in "federations" of syndicates, so like people who work in telephone industries could band together and hold a joint strike, for example (…) Some voting functions.
Whether mass action works out doesn't depend much on the idea for an action, but on how many people are doing it. Usually, the smaller the group, the higher the risks and the bigger the sacrifice per person. What is scary on a small group scale becomes a triviality at another. When I think about doing something like a strike or blocking traffic, I always immediately worry about the probable group size as well. Yet, all I have ever been asked is to think about whether I like some idea becoming reality, and then to commit myself to a very unclear burden and risk.

When taking a vote on mass action, the answer options should really look like this:
() against
() will participate if at least ___ other people do
>>588
>pic
Have they on purpose tried to make him look like V/Anonymous?
>>602
I work with Backend for a lot of different Systems, if the project goes open source i would be happy to help with some backend coding.
>Some other considerations:
>- Could attract right wing terrorists and allow them to organize (not probable, but possible)
>- Bosses could infiltrate syndicates
You could have syndicates be on invitation basis (Where you write the moderator of the board why you want to join) as well as encouraging moderation of each syndicate (as you said something along the lines of reddit? that's your choice i guess)
Having a back-end you also have to take into consideration where you want to host it. I am setting a server up for personal use, if the application requires not too much load i could be swayed to help hosting it.
Good luck if you go forward with this idea Anon
>>647
there's now a thread dedicated to this idea, >>638
>>588
Write a malicious worm that targets the computer systems of banks and stock trading companies.
Create something to help people commit financial fraud. Fraud is a huge multi-billion dollar industry and many poor people actually depend on stuff like cards to get free food delivery and stuff. I used to do this kind of stuff everyday for over a year to fill my kitchen up with as much food as I could.

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