I thought I'd like to continue the topic about what we could do to increase
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!