Got up early for the first Colonialism in Open Data and Mapping session! For anyone who didn't get a ticket, it is being streamed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9cgj2InBj0
One thing that stood out to me was Imma Mwanja's emphasis on the importance of free software in mapping projects to enable participation of people in postcolonial areas. This is an article that she recommended:
"The use of proprietary products creates a vicious cycle whereby charitable and public development funds are effectively channeled to proprietary software companies […], entrenching the Western monopoly on well-paid jobs in Africa."
I had never before noticed this structural aspect of free software. And I think it makes it even more important for western-dominated FOSS communities to put a lot of attention into being as good as they can be and work against all forms of oppression, taking their responsibility seriously.
@maunzi I'll have to read into this once I have the time! bookmarks
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