I expect I owe you (@DCMike) an apology, however I usually see a post like that in the context of futility and dismissal. We’ve all seen the sabotaging nay saying posts:( Anyhow, please excuse my misinterpretation
Yes, I do see how tech enthusiasts have a majority interest in guiding the hand of technology (that’s a very good thing when it’s to guide towards user Freedom and definitely appreciated!:)) but what I think is not necessarily noted is that the lowest wage earners are interested in taking the hand of technology off their necks. Our motivation is that of self direction and dignity, which I think Purism is going to discover is very strong (and there are a lot of us).
The following reads like a piece of despotic fiction written by RMS, it’s not. It’s a snippet of an actual email that was sent to me earlier this year by my employer:
The new application will have a number of features to help us manage site operations including time sheet management, guard tour, shift journal and incident reporting [==redacted==] Selected employees will receive a one-time expense reimbursement of $300 to compensate you for the use of your personal phone. To participate in this program, please contact [==redacted==] with your site number, site name, supervisor name, and operating system (android, iOS, blackberry) along with phone make and model no later than[==redacted==]. Only sites with full participation will be eligible to receive cell phone reimbursement (so encourage your fellow site colleagues to sign up if you wish to participate).
While participation in the programme is not mandatory to continue employment with the company (heh, at this time!), try explaining to your fellow co-workers (also earning just cents above minimum wage) that their software Freedom and right not to be tracked is more important than finally being able to say "yes’ to the brands of clothes their kids have been begging them for; Especially when we are constantly receiving messages of hopelessness and futility about having any semblance of control over our digital lives. That’s how exploitation works and, as throughout history, it’s inflicted upon the existing exploited first. It’s happening now; We’re the canaries. This is more than just a phone, it’s a statement of resistance. I sent an reply email that I loose phones all the time and I’m betting others did as well because this nonsense of using employees personal phones was soon ended…for now(?). As for the affordability issue, I make less than a dollar over minimum wage and I drained my vacation pay and savings to buy a Librem 5 as soon as I learned of them because I need this phone and what it stands for to succeed. Everyone does, and that’s why I get a bit defensive when referred to as an other (because we’re not, we’re all allies :)) Again, my apologies for harshness though