New Open Source Projects Combating Racism

Summary

Why should you read this article?

Greene’s article is hyper-focused. It is similar to a secretary’s meeting notes because Greene only states the programs’ objectives and intentions; he does not give his analysis on the programs’ effectiveness or legitimacy. Articles like this are unusual because of the internet’s politically charged culture. 

The article is structured in this format: introduction, project descriptions, and where to find more information. The project descriptions include their history and what they hope to accomplish. Most importantly, the project descriptions are thorough and simply worded.

Greene’s article does not leave much room for critiques or questions. He cites his sources, and he does not give his own take on the projects. This is important because many articles that push a specific view do not include a fair explanation of detractors views. However, articles like Greene’s are politically neutral. Overall, this allows readers to gauge their interest in the projects without feeling politically charged.

Critiques

Questions

  1. Who can contribute? Are these projects looking for people with a specific skill set or background? Are these projects looking for volunteers, new employees, or are they only open to employees at IBM, Call for Code, and the Linux Foundation? 
  2. What skills are necessary for each project?
  3. How can readers contribute to these projects?