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Episode #61: Free software, free people

Published Mon, May 30, 2016, recorded Thurs, May 12, 2016.


How often do you read some news headline about free speech denied and human rights being suppressed and think that sucks but there is nothing I can do about it from my distant perspective. I guess you could vote slightly differently in the next election and maybe, just maybe, it will have a small impact in 4 years time.

If you're a technologist or developer, you have way more power than you realize. Still the challenge is could you use your skills to make a difference? Maybe you could remove a layer surveillance or add a layer of anonymity for the affected people.

If the answer is yes, and it probably is, then the question becomes would you do and even should you act? This week on Talk Python To Me you'll meet Pete Fein who spent two years of his life helping others using his technical skills. His story is both inspiring and amazing. It will show you what can be done to help people in need.

Links from the show:

Pete on twitter (personal): @wearpants
Pete on twitter (tech): @petecode
Pete on BBC: bbc.com/news/magazine-17914501
Datalove in a Time of Cyberwar (video): .youtube.com/watch?v=I7GhNK6K8fQ
Free Software, Free People - PyCon 2015: youtube.com/watch?v=A3dimvwrnO8
Telecomix.org: telecomix.org
Slashdot article: yro.slashdot.org/story/11/10/05/1249209/telecomix-releases-54gb-of-syrian-censorship-logs
Blue Coat WSJ Article: wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052970203687504577001911398596328

Transcripts on GitHub: github.com/mikeckennedy/talk-python-transcripts
Anthony Shaw's Graph: twitter.com/anthonypjshaw/status/734339624605257728



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Pete Fein
Pete Fein
Pete Fein has written 95% of his code in Python for the last 15 years. He's a freelance developer and big data architect and author of several open source libraries. From 2010 to 2014, he was an Internet activist who helped defend free speech online and around the world. Pete lives in Pittsburgh where he coordinates a pedestrian activism group and battles wild grape vines. Learn more at https://wearpants.org.


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