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Ciaphas
Nov 20, 2005

> BEWARE, COWARD :ovr:




i guess my feelings depend on if this is a legal culpability thing, or just moral obligation

my gut says i agree with the latter - if only because guilt would destroy me if i ever found out my code was used for abuses - but the former seems fraught at best, i can't even begin to analyze that

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Ciaphas
Nov 20, 2005

> BEWARE, COWARD :ovr:




idk how to measure my own culpability at current job, but i don't think it's as distant as in Mononcqc's case

we make tape storage libraries; basically mainframes with lots of tape drives and tape storage. something like 8gb per tape and as little as 550 tape slots, as many as several thousands. our code is very explicitly not aware of the tape's data, and has no way to become so, by drive-interface hardware design

how culpable am I if an abusive actor buys a library and uses it to store facial recognition data, for example? does that culpability change if my employers find out and don't disavow it? how would i/we even take back the library or it's code, or otherwise undo the damage?

these aren't rhetorical questions, I have genuinely no idea and that spooks me a little

(edit) hell, moral culpability aside, what about legal culpability? that just seems :can:

Ciaphas fucked around with this message at 19:33 on Jan 29, 2020

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