Tractor Hacking: The Farmers Breaking Big Tech’s Repair Monopoly

Inspiring video, originally published in Motherboard, about the right to repair – in this case farm equipment. It would be exciting if these communities were more aware of projects like Phygital or initiatives such as Farm Hack and L’Atelier Paysan to decrease their dependence on corporate giants.

From the shownotes to the video:

When it comes to repair, farmers have always been self reliant. But the modernization of tractors and other farm equipment over the past few decades has left most farmers in the dust thanks to diagnostic software that large manufacturers hold a monopoly over. In this episode of State of Repair, Motherboard goes to Nebraska to talk to the farmers and mechanics who are fighting large manufacturers like John Deere for the right to access the diagnostic software they need to repair their tractors.

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