Controversial Statements 2015

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  • It is always awesome when corporations give software to nonprofits for free!
    • Agree: 20%
    • Not sure: 30%
    • Disagree: 50%
  • Tech firms are under an obligation to hire underskilled, low-opportunity workers
    • Agree: 55%
    • Not sure: 35%
    • Disagree: 10%
  • Trolling can be good
    • Agree: 33%
    • Not sure: 33%
    • Disagree: 33%
  • We are all under surveillance right now
    • Agree: 85%
    • Not sure: 10%
    • Disagree: 5%
  • We need tech corporations
    • Agree: 25%
    • Not sure: 35%
    • Disagree: 40%
  • Profit is evil
    • Agree: 33%
    • Not sure: 33%
    • Disagree: 33%
  • Technology = gentrification
    • 30%
    • 45%
    • 25%

Top Statements

  • Tech can be decolonized
  • Digital divide doesn't exist
  • security is a privilege
  • nonprofits pick up the slack when government services are cut
  • increased use of encryption hurts law enforcement
  • every tech project should involve a majority of non-straight cis white men
  • tech nonprofits should only be started by "tech-people"
  • journalists should be licensed (like doctors)
  • Encryption is too hard to use
  • Social change starts in the cultural space first
  • Cost and convenience over values
  • Drupal 8 is awesome
  • It's good to track users
  • Social change orgs should use Linux operating system
  • The internet has become the master's house
  • Technology enables the forces of hate to coalesce disproportionately
  • All data should be online, no paper backups
  • Facebook/Twitter/Instagram are essential to organizing
  • The media is more open and democratic now than ever
  • There isn't enough emphasis on family in the tech industry
  • It is necessary to attack ISIS in their home territory
  • Clients know best
  • VC funded companies cannot promote the public good
  • Uber is evil
  • Social movements should use tech built oNLY for social movements
  • Slack is better than IRC
  • Activists who communicate insecurely are irresponsible
  • Internet access is a human right
  • Smartphones are our friends
  • Separate nation states are no longer serving us
  • Solicited data collection inherently supports movement building
  • Mass movements like #BlackLivesMatter should never rely on corporate-controlled tech
  • Users can never be trusted
  • Coloring your FB photo is meaningful activism
  • Advocating voting is a useful strategy for social change
  • Tech will dismantle white supremacy
  • Open data > open source
  • You shouldn't collect data from your donors or people you help if you can't control or protect it
  • Encryption helps terrorists
  • VC money has been good for software
  • Campus activism sqashes discourse
  • Encryption helps terrorists

Other statements

  • Corporate cloud is necessary for nonprofits
  • The main use of the internet of things will be revenge porn
  • Software patents should be banned
  • Quieting the speech of the privileged is worth hearing marginalized voices
  • Collectivism
  • Journalists are unbiased
  • Every child in the world should have a laptop
  • Social justice groups should NOT use googledocs
  • Never-EVAH build your own software
  • Open Source is ALWAYS better
  • Everybody needs to reduce screen time
  • The media is open and democratic
  • All advertising should be made illegal
  • Technological surveillance is at least as important as cultural outreach in reducing * violence around the world
  • For nonprofits, it's better if a tool is free even if it is not safe
  • Tech is democratizing
  • Teaching digital security is the equivilent of telling women not to walk the street in a miniskirt
  • Google is evil
  • People in the streets are far more powerful than technology
  • Having children today is irresponsible
  • Interdependence is more real than independence
  • There's no such thing as "independence"
  • All activists should be using PGP encryption
  • It's impossible to push tech without an agenda
  • We have a good idea of what we're doing
  • Geo engineering is a solution for climate change
  • The internet has been a net gain for human liberty
  • the "cloud" is evil
  • Every org needs a website
  • Public schools are private space
  • Schools should not use donated chromebooks
  • Salesforce free is great
  • "Free" tech services (ex google apps for nonprofits) are evil
  • Facebook is great for doing social good
  • Feminist perspective is super important for information-comm policies
  • Free (as in beer) is always better
  • Drupal is the best content management system
  • Computers cause more problems than they solve
  • Put your data in a CRM, instead of using lots of tools and creating data silos
  • The role of government is to promote profit
  • Dropbox ISN'T evil
  • The internet has made it harder to be a child
  • Political technology never exacerbates marginalization
  • CiviCRM rocks!
  • Nonprofits should strive to use only open source software
  • Capacity building is over-rated, just get it done.
  • Wordpress > Drupal
  • Chromebook > Mackbook
  • Tech is not the answer
  • Google docs is better than etherpad
  • Privacy is dead
  • Wordpress is better than Drupal
  • The role of government is to promote equality
  • Encryption only helps terrorists
  • The internet has benefitted life on earth
  • Tor only helps criminals and terrorists
  • Activists should never use google or FB for organizing
  • It's better to get on an airplane to attend an event than attend virtually
  • Dropbox is safer than the likely alternatives
  • Email is dead
  • Drones will be a useful technology for activists
  • Every nonprofit org NEEDS their own cloud
  • Google for domains is a great resource
  • I am out of spectrogram questions
  • Technology is helping anti-immigrant forces become more powerful
  • Online organizing is the BEST form of organizing (this century)