How Outsourcing Will Save The World
from the good-read dept
Brian Behlendorf has written up a great response to the Salon piece from last week talking about "white collar sweatshops". Behlendorf argues that we should be encouraging this outsourcing, though, with policies to prevent exploitation of labor. His argument is that countries that should be encouraged to develop educated workforces - something that both China and India realized. The outsourcing of white-collar jobs to those regions helps to improve economic equality throughout the world. Furthermore, he makes the point that there are plenty of issues that go into things like software development beyond the cost of the developer (such as the person-to-person relationships needed to create software), and he finds it hard to believe that it will all be moved offshore, like other manufacturing industries. This is a good response to all of those suddenly wanting protectionist policies, instead of figuring out ways to change with the times.