[hackerspaces] Sigh -- I'm not helping with Maker Faires this year.

Pete Prodoehl raster at gmail.com
Tue Apr 3 18:44:03 CEST 2012

A slippery slope indeed!

In the world of open source software, if you release something with an 
open license, you typically allow everyone to use it. The good guys, the 
bad guys, etc. I suppose the same goes with open source hardware. Who is 
to say that something you create and share with the world won't be used 
for evil? (And of course, evil is subjective.) You may already be 
creating things that the bad guys are looking at and figuring out how to 

If DARPA (or some other organization you personally disagree with) is 
funding an event, program, group, or whatever, it's up to you as an 
individual to decide how you will or will not be involved. Mitch has 
made his decision, and while you may agree, or disagree, I think we 
should at least respect it.

Pete Prodoehl


On 4/3/12 11:18 AM, Will Bradley wrote:
> It's a slippery slope, if you pay taxes you fund your country's 
> military too. But if you're against war, you do what you can to resist 
> it, and in the way you feel best. I know I wouldn't support interests 
> or strings attached like this, and am rethinking Maker Faire as a result.
> On Apr 4, 2012 12:50 AM, "Jerry Isdale" <isdale at gmail.com 
> <mailto:isdale at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Sorry but I'm a bit confused by Mitch's refusal to attend Maker
>     Faire because DARPA funds its high school educational program but
>     his willingness to go to China and attend Maker Carnival, etc.
>      The Chinese government (as socialist/communist state) is heavily
>     invested in its industry, tourism, military and occupation of
>     various former other countries (eg Tibet).  China is seeking to
>     benefit its military/domestic security, etc by bringing in western
>     technology.  Going to China is as supportive of the repression of
>     Tibet as going to Maker Faire is of supporting US DoD in my humble
>     opinion.
>     If you are going to be anti-military, then you should be
>     anti-military of any nation.
>     Jerry Isdale
>     isdale at gmail.com <mailto:isdale at gmail.com>
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