The Facts

• Outsourcing is a growing reality, made possible by the world-wide development of communications, with deep political and economical implications that concern the relationship between developed and emerging countries.

• There is a gap between common wages in different regions of the world that sustains the whole phenomenon of outsourcing. People working in an emerging country for a distant customer can earn a revenue that is usually better than local rates for an equally qualified job. On the other hand, buyers in central countries pay less for the job. From this point of view, everyone wins.

• If, however, we consider the fact that the differential between first-world and third-world rates remains mostly in the buyer's pocket, we can see outsourcing as a new form of exploitation. Moreover, a particularly insidious form of it, since all participants take part willingly in an open, global market. So, it might be seen as abuse with the face of freedom.

• It is true that, in a macro level, outsourcing represents a net flow of money from developed into developing countries. But it also represents a flow of talent from the latter into the former. And it is intelligence, the organization of complexity, that ultimately creates wealth. Peripheral countries export the main resource that might help them emerge from underdevelopment.

• Stiff competition between knowledge workers in developing countries guarantees sustained low fares, and the perpetuation of a state of things where contractors will most likely never become employers or use their knowledge on their own behalf.

In regard to this, I (the worker) make the following


• To reverse the usual situation, and to make a call for an Employer for my outsourced job. As employer of my employer, I will have the possibility to decide what I do.

• To outsource myself the task of defining the idea and characteristics of the piece of software art I will develop for Readme 100.