We are proud to announce the birth of the Free Silicon Foundation (f-si.org)!

We organize a conference in Paris, March 14-16 2019, to promote:

1. Free and Open Source (FOS) CAD tools for designing #VLSI circuits
2. the sharing of hardware designs
3. common standards
4. the freedom of users in the context of #silicon technology

Program and submissions:

#Hardware #FSiC

@fsi Awesome! What a great initiative :)

PS. Can we please start calling people “people” and not “users”. “User” is an othering. Silicon Valley and surveillance capitalists are extractive corporations and have users. In ethical technology, we are people and we design and develop for our ourselves and for other people. ind.ie/ethical-design

@aral @fsi I somehow fell in love with the 'ethical design' picture (2017.ind.ie/ethical-design/). There is just one word disturbing me: magical. I hate things that just work magically. It means I can't understand them. Nor can I fix them if they're broken.
Usually this is the case for all those things that come in a black epoxy housing and have more than three leads.

(@aral I'm misinterpreting the meaning of 'magical' in this context on purpose 😉. Don't be mad at me.)

@balu @fsi Haha, I’m not mad at you :) You’re right, that word has been misused and abused to no end.

Here’s what I prefer today: we need beautiful defaults. This doesn’t mean that we don’t have seams. That’s the beauty of free software. The seams are available for those who care to look beyond the defaults. But we must layer the seams.


@aral @fsi Did you actually have hardware in mind too? To me the 'ethical design' pyramid sounds like you were thinking at software but ethical principles just apply to hardware too... Just wondering.

(With hardware I don't mean a finished product such as a cellphone but the naked CPU inside.)

@balu @fsi Applies equally to hardware. Ethical tech much consider the whole stack. And we must start designing the whole car, not just the wheels or the engine.

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