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[News] Free Software Enters Deep Into Scientific Community

  • Subject: [News] Free Software Enters Deep Into Scientific Community
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 22:42:14 +0000
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Open Source Science: A Revolution From Within

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| It worked for software, so why not science? 
| The open source science movement has been 
| gaining momentum, and it's shaping the future 
| of scientific research and discovery. Everyone 
| -- scientists, the general public, and even 
| taxpayers -- stands to benefit from a new 
| scientific model, says John Wilbanks, vice 
| president of Science Commons.



President Obama's Strategy for American Innovation

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| President Obama's speech today focused on its newly formed
| "strategy for American innovation" -- his "strategy to
| foster new jobs, new businesses, and new industries by
| laying the groundwork and the ground rules to best tap our
| innovative potential. . . .
| [...]
| Protect intellectual property rights. Intellectual property
| is to the digital age what physical goods were to the
| industrial age. We must ensure that intellectual property
| is protected in foreign markets and promote greater
| cooperation on international standards that allow our
| technologies to compete everywhere. The Administration is
| committed to ensuring that the United States Patent and
| Trademark Office has the resources, authority, and
| flexibility to administer the patent system effectively and
| issue high-quality patents on innovative intellectual
| property, while rejecting claims that do not merit patent
| protection.


Freedom Is For People

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| All of these metaphors or frameworks turn the conversation from individual
| freedom to supra-human systems. This inevitably privileges those systems over
| the individual and when decisions must be made to protect the system
| individual freedom will suffer as a result.
| This can be seen happening in real-world projects. Too many people are
| confusing the idea of gifts as random acts of kindness, or of the "needs" of
| corporations, with the subject of freedom. That subject must always be human
| individuals.
| The products of freedom can be regarded as forming commons, and gift
| economies, and reputation economies. But privileging these secondary
| phenomena over the thing that creates them will stifle freedom.
| The subject of freedom must be actual people, not abstract economic models
| that can lead to the freedom of actual people being compromised.

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