Ideas are great, but I don't think we have a lack of ideas. We need people to step up
and implement ideas. What concrete steps do you propose? Who do you propose should do
On Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 10:43:30AM -0500, Joshua Stone via WLUG wrote:
> Hey all,
> I thought I'd like to continue the topic about what we could do to increase
> attendance meeting.
> I think working with the community at WPI would be a great thing for us, so
> long as we try to understand more about the student culture. I've learned
> that one of the most important things about WPI is that a sense of
> community and working toward a greater goal are included as part of the
> curriculum. One of the earliest classes a WPI student takes involves
> thinking about the biggest problems impacting the world and makes strides
> to tackling such problems head-on.
> I believe WPI also has a strong background in bioinformatics, and that's a
> field that can surely benefit from FOSS as we want to encourage openness
> and ethics when being on the forefront of scientific research that could
> have sweeping societal impact. The last thing we need is more companies
> like 23andMe hoarding genetic data for profit.
> Perhaps WLUG can do more to be involved in such things, emphasizing the
> importance of "ethical" computing with the problems of DRM,
> spying/tracking, proprietary software and data formats, software patents,
> and licenses that lock away data that the community could benefit from.
> Essentially we could give people more of an opportunity to think about the
> social aspects and ramifications of technology, and can use that as a
> framework for creating a better future.
> These are still ideas I'm throwing at the wall, hopefully something sticks!