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This is an extension of Wiki Campus Radio by CQ.


under development


For the software part needed for this project: " a realtime platform for distributing it with clamped-on blockchain elements and licensing for viral dissemination of the raw truth people need. "

Consideration of this software and projects are advised: - - MediaGoblin is a free software media publishing platform that anyone can run. You can think of it as a decentralized alternative to Flickr, YouTube, SoundCloud, etc. - - libreFM project allows streaming of music under the creative commons license:

Free Software in Public Schools


Why do so many public schools use proprietary software when so much excellent free software like GNU/Linux, FreeBSD and many other free or at least open source alternatives are much better choices? It's not fair for huge companies to sack our whole educational system and deny the basic right to learn the inner workings of computer systems, especially when computer literacy remains a key component of everyday life. The next generation will require an answer sooner or later.

A few very powerful, well-known companies have inundated public schools and libraries with expensive hardware and software systems for both administrative and curricular purposes. The general public should be aware that not all computer operating systems come with exclusive licenses and limited useage rights. Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) is abundant and well-supported by very large and viable not-for-profit communities who have freely offered great software products under a general public license without cost.

We must offer full computer literacy in the curriculum, especially in realms like computer programming and networking. The learning curve for the art and science of computing delves far below the surface presented on the screens. Learning FLOSS is a very efficient way to understand how computers and software work. Limiting access to source code and forcing proprietary software models on children borders upon criminal neglence and graft. It is down-right irresponsible on the part of school system officials and the parts of government that are in charge of public resources.

We should teach children how computers work instead of propagating a "black box" mentality to "mystify" technology for the sake of selling expensive systems when low-cost and free systems are underutilized in public institutions. We must keep our tax dollars out of corporate coffers and put the control of computer systems and networks back into the hands of real people. Corporations are not people. (But that's another issue)

--Tractorcq 10:09, 30 April 2015 (EDT)