Techno-utopianism isn’t the answer, in other words. Neither is techno-dystopianism. The internet once embodied our hopes for a harmonious future. Now it offers a convenient punching bag for our despair about the present. But technology doesn’t automatically generate justice or injustice. The outcomes it generates depend on who owns the machines, and how they’re engineered.
Utopia may never arrive. But technology can make the world more just—if we find the right ways to organize and operate it.
ORGCon was very enjoyable. In a nutshell, you could sum it up as: there’s some bad shit happening when it comes to misuse of technology, but also there’s plenty of people trying to push back. I’ll try to jot down a few of my notes and thoughts from it while they’re reasonably fresh. First up, Snowden’s keynote.