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[News] FSF Personality Explains Social Aspects and Science in Free Software

  • Subject: [News] FSF Personality Explains Social Aspects and Science in Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2009 13:41:15 +0000
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Principles, Social Science, and Free Software

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| Over the last year, I've been back at MIT 
| taking classes, reading extensively, and 
| otherwise learning how to act like a social 
| scientist. My research goals, which I'm now 
| beginning to focus on, are to help build a 
| stronger understanding of the social dynamics 
| in free software and free culture communities.
| With a slightly skeptical view toward my 
| involvement with groups like the FSF and my 
| work in the FLOSS community, at least one 
| academic tried to suggest that taking a 
| principled position in favor of software 
| freedom might compromise the positivist social 
| science research program in which I am 
| engaged. "An advocate is too biased," they 
| said. After many months of thinking seriously 
| about this warning, I believe that this 
| criticism can be addressed.



An Interview With Mako

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| My name is Benjamin Mako Hill. I am 28 years
| old, male, and I live in Somerville,
| Massachusetts just outside Boston. My day job
| is doing research at MIT. I am a fellow at the
| MIT Center for Future Civic Media and am
| currently doing work on a PhD somewhere
| between the Sloan School of Management and the
| MIT Media Lab.



Benjamin Mako-Hill on Open Source vs. Free, GPL and Prepping for OSCON

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| Now the GPL, the GPL and other copy-left licenses sort of prevent that from
| happening by saying, no; you need to share--you need to insure that the
| freedoms that you had when you received the work are something that can be
| passed on downstream. And that's a tactical decision because the FSF who sort
| of puts out the GPL and continues to modify it--modifies it believes that by
| insuring that the downstream users have freedom and continue to have freedom
| that there will be more freedom overall. The more people that will release
| their stuff as free software, the more people will be encouraged to keep
| things more free in the long run and that ultimately there will be more free
| and open source software as a result. So--and the GPL is designed to protect
| that.


Talking with Mako - The FSF's newest board member

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| At the end of day two of FOSS camp in Cambridge, I was able to grab some time 
| with Benjamin Mako Hill.  I had blogged about Mako's appointment to the board 
| of the Free Software Foundation back in July but this was the first time that 
| I really got to meet him.  He's quite an amiable guy and very enthusiastic 
| about what he's involved with (it definitely comes through in the interview).    

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