It really bugs me how everyone around me (kids and wife getting back into schooling during lockdown) is constantly talking about "Zoom" this or that... I run/take part in video conferences every day but haven't used Zoom (or any other proprietary service) in well over a year.

We're indoctrinating our entire population into thinking that they can't function without the miracle (**spits) of Zoom/MS Teams/Google Hangouts/Webex, etc. Well, that's bullshit. Talk about sowing learned helplessness & foreign corporate dependence. Why aren't our national educational authorities (yes, NZ Min of Ed, looking at you) organising a far more cost-effective, proven, *local* services for education, like using BigBlueButton? They have *no idea* what they're doing with regard to tech.

If our Min of Ed invested in this on a national level, I'm supremely confident that they'd save money, in addition to removing a major contributor to trade imbalance, and breaking a dependence on foreign organisations, a threat to NZer privacy & sovereignty, & improve the tax take (services would be provided by NZ-based companies & individuals, subject to NZ tax!) . Moreover, it'd increase skills in NZ's tech industry, create good jobs & allow NZ learners an active role in their own education.

@lightweight - Some of it is purely political. Like to encourage a company to open a branch, or getting paid to lobby for a product, etc.
I recommend (if not already) read the story of Munich city council yo-yoing between Windows and Linux.

@kasra_mp Yes, I'm familiar with the Muenchen story - last I heard, the new mayor issued the edict that the city would switch away from Linux, back to Windows after Microsoft moved its DE headquarters to the only city *not* using its software. It points to substantial gov't corruption (funded by Microsoft). Not a good look for Germany.

@kasra_mp although, to be fair, most countries are similarly corrupt - see, for example, my home country:


@lightweight - one thing that everybody across the globe agrees on is politicians (by large margin) are corrupted.
IMO good ones just haven't caught yet πŸ˜ƒ

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