Can you quantify evil or corruption? is it an absolute number? can it be a singular metric?
ummm no it can’t
we all have different values and perspectives.
What we might be able to do is quantify based on information given the chance or percentage you might think something or someone is corrupt or evil.
But really… this all come down to time and transparency. If we give all the information and if you have the time/intellect does our stuff seem right to you?
or you could trust “experts” and perhaps also be “corrupted” by influence…
The reality of that transparency without “expertise” is actually useless and a form of overload. For it to be useful, it must be interpreted… that means bias. I prefer to know where my bias comes from. I trust in bias
I find it interesting in so many groups currently the end goal is transparency. And for me transparency is simply a neccessary description of a process. I do not find it to be good or evil simply necessary.
Why I decided to do Open Source code was not a question of morality. It is a practical question. If you want me to trust your code, I want to see it. I want to know I have the ability to fix your mistake (even if honestly I might not be smart enough.)
The other business models out there are not “evil.” They are what they are. I just think with today’s online toolset and ability to crowdsource; they are outdated. They require a different kind of trust. That trust is “I paid you money I expect your software to work. ” There is no evil there. There is no evil in bartering. You can walk away from a deal. You can choose not to use a product.
evil I believe lies in purposeful deception… and then um yea…