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Turns out Stallman is a creep

Jason Norwood-Young
Jason Norwood-Young
2019-09-23

In this week’s Hero to Zero, Richard Stallman, considered by many as the leader of the free software movement, fell on his sword after allegations of sexism, an indefensible stance on Epstein and pedophilia, and a weird attachment to an abortion joke. The fall-out follows the Jeffrey Epstein outrage, and a much closer look at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Labs and its involvement with one of America’s biggest sleezebags, who bought his involvement with the labs that served as ground-zero for the hacker movement. Other previously-revered names have been caught in the shitstorm, like MIT tech lab director Joi Ito and the late AI genius Marvin Minsky. It’s a long-overdue clean-out of the misogynistic developer industry, symbolically where the whole hacker scene started. One wonders if we’ll have any heroes left by the end of it.

Jason Norwood-Young
  • Journalist, developer, community builder, newsletter creator and international man of mystery, Jason was one of the first South Africans to really grasp the importance of data in the newsroom and has remained one step ahead of the trends in the field all the way. Even Naked Data was conceived before email newsletters were cool again. But what does that tell you about the measure of the man? Nothing, that's what. He hides the superman CV behind a truly mild-mannered and overly modest persona and is best described as "one of the nicest guys in the business". When he's angry, it is righteously so, and his anger always wears velvet mittens. The true signs of his genius include the ability to create multilingual puns on demand (witness the alternative Naked Data strap "Putting the heita in to data") and the fact that he offered me a job. (AO)

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