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  1. 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…

  2. Joining the Open Source Initiative board of directors

    In the past, I’ve been known to say that skeptical things about the Open Source Initiative’s role in the open source world – usually arguing that OSI was doing the basics (license approval, open source definition) respectably, but also had a lot of potential that wasn’t being taken advantage of. I’m excited to announce that…

  3. some data points on facebook

    My boss has written a blog post that tries to bring together some recent data points from across the privacy spectrum; it is worth a read. I’ve been noting a few (much smaller, more trivial) things myself over the past few days that suggest to me that privacy concerns in general, but facebook-related privacy concerns…

  4. responding to joindiaspora

    The joindiaspora guys, in a generally good response to my questions, conclude by asking: [W]hat would be un-pragmatic about giving four excited dudes who spent their last semester of school thinking about a problem you are “worried-about-but-can’t-deal-with-now,” twenty bucks so they can take an honest crack at solving it? :) Lots of people asked some…

  5. Questions for the Diaspora

    So lots of friends were tweeting this morning about Diaspora, a project to raise funds to get a summer’s worth of hacking done on a distributed, Libre social network. A distributed, Libre social network would be a terrific thing to have; I’d love to support it. And I love the eager energy I’m seeing around…

  6. FTK: clouds, hype, and freedom

    I’ve written another post (really micro-essay) at Freedom To Tinker. This one is about ‘the cloud’, partially in response to Richard’s mini-interview, but really mostly in response to my continued frustration at the terribly meaningless phrase ‘the cloud’, and how it tends to confuse and obfuscate discussion of  critical issues. Go forth and read!

  7. wesabe ‘data bill of rights’

    Wesabe’s Marc Hedlund is speaking at the Princeton Cloud Computing seminar I’m at. Their ‘data bill of rights’: This Data Bill of Rights is our promise to you. You can export and/or delete your data from Wesabe whenever you want. Your data is your data, not ours. Our job is to help you understand and…