Would it be possible to create a pool of patents on progressive technology, in order to protectively license our tools so that conservatives can’t use them? Could such a pool be inadvertantly used to stifle progress?
This conversation arose out of an episode in 2019, when VoterCircle patented its software and some in the progressive space grew concerned that the patent might be used against them. In a Great Battlefield podcast, Sangeeth Peruri explained that the patent would instead be used only to ensure that such technology could not be used by conservatives. There was some subsequent interest increating a “pool” for the progressive space, but it’s unclear where this effort went or if it was in fact abandoned. Would it be a good idea, or is it right to leave it alone?