Free and open source software and ‘the anarchist-libertarian ethic’

Joseph Reagle's recent paper on sexism within the free and open source software (FOSS) movement, 'Free as in sexist?': Free culture and the gender gap, makes an important contribution to our understanding of FOSS, and particularly to those who want to build a movement which is more diverse and welcoming. However, I do feel that … Continue reading Free and open source software and ‘the anarchist-libertarian ethic’

LCA 2013: distributed democracy, speaking stacks, links

Thursday was my final day at Linux Conference, sadly, as I needed to get back to other work. It's a pity, as there were quite a few talks on Friday that I would have liked to see, including the keynote by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Denise Paolucci's talk on accessibility, Asheesh Laroia on quantitative community management, … Continue reading LCA 2013: distributed democracy, speaking stacks, links

Linux Conference Australia: disaster response, activism, and copyright

I began the day with a couple of talks looking at FOSS projects for disaster support. Paul Gardner-Stephen started off talking about The Serval Project, which aims to provide secure communications for those in need. Mostly, "in need" means "affected by a disaster", which was defined broadly as a situation where a community's ability to … Continue reading Linux Conference Australia: disaster response, activism, and copyright

Upcoming talks: ‘Free and open source software and activism’ and ‘feminism, anarchism, and FOSS’

Next week I'll be heading over to Canberra for Linux Conference Australia, where I'll be giving a couple of talks. These will have a slightly less academic focus than many of my conference presentations: while they still draw significantly on my research, I'll be giving a freer rein to my activist interests. During the main … Continue reading Upcoming talks: ‘Free and open source software and activism’ and ‘feminism, anarchism, and FOSS’

“Come, brother, come, sister, look at this software!”: Activism and Play

Last Thursday night, I spent a couple of hours walking the streets of Bangalore with a strange assortment of others, shouting out Kannada variants of "Software! SOFTWAAARE! Get your software!" We had a push-cart, like the vegetable sellers here use, a heap of handwritten signs offering "Free software USB stick, only Rs 250!", and a … Continue reading “Come, brother, come, sister, look at this software!”: Activism and Play