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On today’s show we start out with Elon Musk’s $44 billion dollar effort to buy Twitter. He claims he will make the algorithms open source, but there’s obviously many doubts about that. What does this development mean for the platform?

We are then joined by Rania Khalek, journalist and host of the show Dispatches on BreakThrough News to discuss the release of Steven Donzinger after years of confinement in prison, halfway houses and on house arrest. Donzinger is a human rights attorney who was under house arrest for successfully suing Chevron on behalf of 30,000 Ecuadorian Amazonian Indigenous people. What does his case mean for environmental activists pushing back against big oil?

And finally, Rania shares her experience at the recent 3-day meeting in Caracas where people gathered from across the globe to fight back against Fascism. We dive into the various perspectives shared at the conference on the war in Ukraine and how the global south is responding to the shifting geopolitics of the moment.

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  1. About Elon Musk’s plans for Twitter. I think you don’t have any understanding of what ‘Open Source’ is, I don’t know if Musk will really make Twitter open source but if he did he would be doing a great service to free speech because then there could be multiple Twitters competing or even coexisting online, and potentially a socially and or technically better one might arise. Open source Linux, written by a teenager, put Solaris more or less out of business. Now they are a niche product and open source controls the market. Linux makes a great operating system (far better and cleaner to modify than Windows) available for free on international markets. That is priceless. When I worked in a Linux shop we used to add features to linux tools we used and then upload to the repository if they were good enough. Similarly, and open source database underlies most php implementations and many other products. Even in my corporate job we used mysql rather than the pricey original sql. I don’t have a lot of faith in Elon Musk but since open source is fashionable among techies, taking Twitter open source might make him a rock star in circles he values AND be a true gift to society.

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