The more I think about stuff, the more I'm inclined to think fuck open source and attempt to optimize for ethically free software

The gpl in any shape does not prevent software from being used by organizations like ICE

this is becoming more important to me because I'm debating giving source code licenses to people who pay for koype instead of making it fully open

Look if your suggestion focuses on smacking wrists versus preventing it from jump, it's not a solution that works for people who are harmed by the status quo

@jalcine You wouldn't get too much debate about that, but I haven't seen answer yet to the question of "How?"

@bamfic I'm looking at things like License Zero to help. I'm just not finding the answers I'm hoping for in conventional open source

@jalcine Seems like a good direction to go in, but I saw someone shoot License Zero full of holes so I can't see an answer there either.

@jalcine I'm really tempted in that direction too. just not sure how to do it in a way that plausibly seems like it might be enforceable, especially since I can't afford any serious legal battle…

@jamey Same. I'm leaning on people who know more than me to help with that

@jalcine gdpr does prevent / hinder ICE stuff, and I'm extremely glad for that

@jalcine I asked about this a while ago on birdsite, and I got a lot weird pushback from FOSS people.
One of them was "how do you define ethical behaviour?" and like, I don't know, but I'd like to think the way ICE treats children and families should count as unethical.
And most of all, what's wrong with at least trying to formulate a definition that at least excludes some of the horrible things organisations get up to

Neither does a proprietary license. No license will stop it. For example, if a person tortures someone and uses your software, a license isn't needed on your software to prevent it, because that is the government's job to prevent that evil. But when the state tortures, a software license won't stop them from using your software. That is simply a corrupt state, which is a bigger problem which needs to be solved.

Was gonna chime in to say this.

Software licenses mean nothing if the state won't enforce them anyway. Abuse happens because we don't have the power to stop it, not because we didn't ask pretty please don't be bad.

Those who care about ethical tech need to do a better job of organizing, no license is gonna fix that for us.

Agreed. We need to stop them, but using a state-enforced copyright law to stop the state in this way won't work.

Like sure we shouldn't just ignore legal options because they're not radical enough, because it can be one tool among many.

But the state is only an arbiter of power. If we aren't building political and social orgs that empower people to fight this shit, whether there's a good license or not, then it just won't be enough to stop Nazis who don't give a fuck about the law.

@masterofthetiger @jalcine
For example, locally there are groups shaming companies by showing up and leafleting their workers to make them aware of the abuses they're contributing too with their employer.

From there employees can respond with protest and reach out to organizers for support in shutting that shit down

We need to be doing that kind of work too before a software license stops anything imo.

@jalcine i licensed my last big project with CSL (cooperative software license), its not perfect and i dont think any license is a silver bullet but i agree that the free software philosophy as it exists right now has major flaws.

As long as it's your work, it's your call. There's no ethical issue there until you accept contributions. At that point, there's a moral responsibility to the expectations you permitted over and above any legal agreements involved

@jalcine there is this license

It just refers to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights to do the lifting. It is otherwise a permissive license.

I am on the fence generally, don't like that it is permissive, it might create big gray areas.. I don't think the declaration is designed for this.. Also don't know how the limited liability part affects the human rights part.

Using software licenses to stop evil is not the answer though.


@jasper I've seen that - I'd want something that allows me to explicitly provide access to people versus waiting for them to do wrong. Also the UN has done very little to prevent or intercede in a lot of active genocidal harm right now so they aren't my beacon of hope lol

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