Ethical computing?

I’m in a computer quandary — a classic modern dilemma that pits the right thing to do squarely against what’s easy. The genius of consumer capitalism lies in making it ridiculously easy to do whatever i believe will make me happier. (It’s debatable whether it actually will or not, but that’s not capitalism’s concern.) So whatever i want, or think i want, is just a credit-card-click away, and the system cleverly hides every potentially unpleasant aspect of my purchase behind a smokescreen of advertising and distance. Is my widget made by slave labour in a Far East sweatshop? The packaging won’t tell me. Continue reading “Ethical computing?”