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.

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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 because lazy. It's a known solution they can "roll out" with the least effort. I mean, none.
It makes me angry also.

@swansinflight yes - and it's doing such a disservice to our kids, our domestic industry, our trade balance, and our sovereignty & privacy. Yeah, their thinking is fundamentally flawed.

@swansinflight they had time to come up with a better solution since last year. But they didn't. Because they don't have a single person on staff who's capable of making an informed decision, even though they *exist* to be educators. They seem to have zero motivation to seek out knowledge. I don't respect that attitude.

@lightweight correct. Though, surely the point would be to hire someone in an IT field to sort this out, like it's literally not an educators job to know this stuff? I feel like they'd just go the usual MS route though anyway, because salepeople freakn everywhere.. mmm. Dunno.

@swansinflight yep. However, last lockdown, we (the NZOSS) told them about BigBlueButton - they even have it on their fricken website as a resource... but they didn't even investigate it. Not a peep. Not even trying. We need more people in gov't decision making roles who, like me, revile all the US tech multinationals and refuse to use their products. That'd easily be the best approach for all of NZ. No question about it.

@lightweight yes but usually the same people that revile politics and govt, so.... 🙁

@swansinflight and yes, our gov't needs to take a LOT more notice of vested/pecuniary interests of people it consults. I think the NZ gov't is effectively corrupted by its indifference.

@lightweight I couldn't agree more. Especially the curent one.

@swansinflight I'm afraid there aren't any 'good' politicians in that regard. The only party whose values I admire are the Greens, although, with a few exceptions, their capabilities competence is in question. I have zero time for any of our conservative politicians (National/ACT/New Conservatives/etc.).

@swansinflight should've been an & between capabilities & competence :)

@lightweight hmm I like a lot of what ACT stands for, greens seem inept and lacking understanding from what I’ve seen. At the moment I’m trying to ignore politics as that shit just makes me angry in general and I can’t do anything about it until the next election.

@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: davelane.nz/mshostage

@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 😃

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