Inspired by reading http://www.tesio.it/2019/06/03/what-is-informatics.html by @Shamar on our Masto, I’d like to solicit feedback on a basic template for a POLITICS file to include alongside README and LICENSE. I just started writing an npm package for a custom React Hook to use
IntersectionObserver so this is of practical relevance to me as well. Here’s what I have so far:
Politics of [project]
Description of this document
The creation and distribution of software do not exist in a vacuum. It is the responsibility of programmers to make statements regarding how they intend for their work to affect the world and not to pretend technology exists or has ever existed separate from the natural tendency for human agents to consolidate power. As such, this document outlines specific and quantifiable political goals for this project and not merely vague principles that corporate entities routinely ignore. This file is a living document and is expected and encouraged to change over time; changes will be included in the CHANGELOG, though are not suggested to trigger a version bump if using semantic versioning.