Musings on empowering technology/FOSS 

FOSS folks tend to view empowerment as a question of whether or not I can access that code/server and modify how it functions. That is empowerment/freedom.

But for non technical folk, if such things are required, they then become a BARRIER to empowerment and freedom.

When it comes to software, I am far more concerned with empowering people to make meaningful change in their communities than I am with providing them with FOSS software.

Musings on empowering technology/FOSS 

@dorian It's a bit more nuanced.

For technical folks, the ability to view and modify the code is empowering as you describe.

For non-technical folks, the empowerment and freedom are in the form of ability to *ask a friendly tech folk* to read/review/modify the code for them. That may be someone in the family, a neighbor, or a local programmer. They may or may not want something in exchange.

The point is to enable local communities and markets to form around software.

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Musings on empowering technology/FOSS 

@dorian In this sense, software freedom is analogous to "right to repair" in hardware space.

The point of RtR isn't to get everyone to learn how to fix their electronics. The point is to make it possible for *some* folks to repair electronics, at which point they can do it for their friends, or start repair shops and do it for their community, as regular small business. Again, creating local markets - instead of having everything controlled by a multinational megacorp.

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