I am a firm believer in the notion of public knowledge, which is fundamental to just and democratic societies. This is why I am such a staunch open access and free software advocate. In order for societies to thrive, it is imperative to facilitate a commons, a shared resource of knowledge from which many can equitably benefit.

I am wary, however, of the modernist perspective (which is articulated frequently today through futurist and objectivist rhetoric) that ideas, especially those technological, are centrally useful for improving, progressing, or pursuing some other form of linear (often material) growth. I think there are clear logical and measurable limits to that ideology and so I seek to up-end its grip at every possible turn.

I am concerned, rather, with the notion that ideas (scientific and otherwise) should be shared and developed with the interest of people and environment in mind—justice and sustainability.

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