Wikimania 2015 – random thoughts and observations

"Wikimania 2015 Reception at Laboratorio Arte Alameda - 02" by Jarek Tuszynski - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Random thoughts from Wikimania, 2015 edition (2013, 2014): Dancing: After five Wikimedia events (not counting WMF all-hands) I was finally dragged onto the dance floor on the last night. I’ll never be Garfield, but I had fun anyway. The amazing setting did not hurt. Our hosts: The conference was excellently organized and run. I’ve never…

What tools are changing our world next?

HDR automatically created from old pictures of Muir Woods by Google Photos.

Quick brain dump after a bike ride home: free software took a huge leap in the late 90s and early 00s in large part because of non-ideological advantages that the rest of the world is now competing with or surpassing: Collaboration tools: Because we got to the ‘net first, our tools for collaborating with each…

Come work with me – developer edition!

By Supercarwaar (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

It has been a long time since I was able to say to developer friends “come work with me” in anything but the most abstract “come work under the same roof” kind of sense. But today I can say to developers “come work with me” and really mean it. Which is fun :) Details: Wikimedia’s new…

Free-riding and copyleft in cultural commons like Flickr

Free ride!!, by https://www.flickr.com/photos/dhinakaran/

Flickr recently started selling prints of Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike photos without sharing any of the revenue with the original photographers. When people were surprised, Flickr said “if you don’t want commercial use, switch the photo to CC non-commercial”. This seems to have mostly caused two reactions: “This is horrible! Creative Commons is horrible!” “Commercial…

My Wikimania 2014 talks

Discussing Fluid Lobbying at Wikimania 2014, by  Sebastiaan ter Burg, under CC BY 2.0

Primarily what I did during Wikimania was chew on pens. However, I also gave some talks. The first one was on Creative Commons 4.0, with Kat Walsh. While targeted at Wikimedians, this may be of interest to others who want to learn about CC 4.0 as well. Second one was on Open Source Hygiene, with…

Wikimania 2014 Notes – very miscellaneous

A collection of semi-random notes from Wikimania London, published very late: The conference generally Tone: Overall tone of the conference was very positive. It is possibly just small sample size—any one person can only talk to a small number of the few thousand at the conference—but seemed more upbeat/positive than last year. Tone, 2: The one…

Slide embedding from Commons

Wikimedia_Legal_overview_2014-03-19.pdf

A friend of a friend asked this morning: Hmmm trying to upload a CC0 public domain presentation from #OKFest14 by @punkish and @SlideShare don’t have public domain license option :( — Jenny Molloy (@jenny_molloy) July 22, 2014 I suggested Wikimedia Commons, but it turns out she wanted something like Slideshare’s embedding. So here’s a test…

Democracy and Software Freedom

As part of a broader discussion of democracy as the basis for a just socio-economic system, Séverine Deneulin summarizes Robert Dahl’s Democracy, which says democracy requires five qualities: First, democracy requires effective participation. Before a policy is adopted, all members must have equal and effective opportunities for making their views known to others as to what…