Making Ethical Software Profitable

Once again, I haven’t posted anything on this blog in quite a while. Since my last post I ran into an idea and I’m pursuing it with the free time that I have. I think it’s an excellent business idea and if it breaks me away from corporate America, then it could be a wonderful thing for me. ¬†Please check this out!

I’ve complained a lot about how all these huge, nasty corporations are stealing our data left and right.

The problem is that ethical software simply isn’t profitable! For Android, you can either go to the Google Play store and get trashy software that spies on you, or you can go to F-Droid and get free & open source software that is more likely not to spy on you … but non-profit software never reaches its true potential! Updates are sporadic, fixes are rare, and there’s simply no incentive to make it the best that it can be.

What if it was profitable to make ethical software that doesn’t spy on you? The free market approach is to certify software that doesn’t spy on you, the same way that:

  • Underwriter Laboratory (UL) tells you that electrical devices are safe,
  • The Snell Foundation tells you that a motorcycle helmet has passed rigorous testing, and
  • The Kosher certification tells you that food has passed specific safety standards.

These are all private organizations that ensure that products meet certain standards without coercive government regulation. Ethical Developer Group http://www.edgcert.com is live¬†right now. Please head over there and check it out. Please join the email list, so that we’ll keep you up-to-date.

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