Everything they teach you in school is propaganda.

@umalkosh ok but in all seriousness:
math may not be propaganda but the concept that math is an inherently inert field is, and the lack of teaching of the sociopolitical implications of mathematics is pretty daunting

I really recommend taking a look at web.cs.ucdavis.edu/~rogaway/pa, "The Moral Character of Cryptographic Work", where the author basically talks about how cryptographers believe that cryptography, being math, has no political motive (when it really absolutely does)


@hazel @umalkosh Nah but once it has state power behind it, it is.

@aredridel @hazel every institution that teaches you anything has an agenda

@umalkosh @hazel Absolutely. And sometimes that's in complete alignment with you. And sometimes it has a lot of force behind it and isn't about you at all.

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