Recordings

The Professionalization of Free Software

Shane M. Coughlan

„When I say the professionalization of free software what I mean is doing things the best way we can.“

Shane M. Coughlan is the Freedom Task Force coordinator of the Free Software Foundation Europe. In September 2008 he discussed the future and the professonalization of Free Software with the Viennese Fellows of the FSFE.

The Ethics of the Free Culture Movement

Lawrence Lessig, Jonathan Zittrain

“[T]he critical thing to recognize […] is that the legal code is not free culture – you are free culture. The legal code is just the ‘plumbing’ of free culture, it’s code”. 

In the plenary session of Wikimania 2006 Lawrence Lessig explains his notion of the difference between “read-only” and “read-write” cultures. Subsequently he addresses Creative Commons and the above mentioned idea of legal code as foundation – as the “plumbing” of free culture. Most importantly might be the statements of bringing the licences Creative Commons and Wikipedia’s GNU Free Documentation License closer together to provide people broadest possibilities.

Stephen Wolfram on Wolfram Alpha

Stephen Wolfram

David Weinberger interviews Stephen Wolfram on his highly praised “computational knowledge engine” Wolfram Alpha shortly before it was launched publicly for Radio Berkman.

“[…]asking if we look at the world, the universe as it is, and you know,what are the kind of underlying primitives, what are the computational,the simple programs that can potentially drive all of this stuff, andWolfram Alpha it’s sort of the realization that all this knowledge thatis out there in this world […]”

Google Faces Antitrust Investigation for Agreement to Digitize Millions of Books Online

Brewster Kahle

“Google will be able to control the library.”

Brewster Kahle, the founder of the non-profit online library, the Internet Archive, located at archive.org is a prominent critic of Google’s book plan, as he is arguing that one company is going to achieve a monopoly on all the books of the twentieth century.
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! has done an interview with Brewster Kahle – the original broadcast at democracynow.org.

Civil rights endangered in 2008 & 2009. Decisions in the European Parliament…

Eva Lichtenberger

MEP Eva Lichtenberger answers questions by Leo Findeisen about the dangers implied for civil rights in some of the upcoming decisions in the European Parliament in 2008 or the voting of June 2009. She outlines several issues that are partly interrelated and give rise for many concerns. These issues are the

  • Telecom-Package which still includes  passages that would allow for searching children’s iPods while checking in at the airport; the so-called
  • French Three-Strikes-model that would e.g. allow private persons, families and businesses to be cut off their internet access; and the
  • ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) process where a lack of transparency about what mandate the European Council has given its diplomats to elaborate – behind closed doors – on rigid laws to enforce intellectual property rights in all developed nations, e.g. by border officials or via online surveillance. 

She also discusses some historical developments that lead to the current state of the...

A reflection on the Microsoft antitrust penalty hearing 2006

Carlo Piana

“Money is not a problem for them.”

A short interview that was taken right after the from on a historical day in the Microsoft antitrust penalty hearings in Brussels, 30 March 2006.

The interviewee is Carlo Piana from Tamos, Piana & Partners (Milano) who served as a counsel to the Free Software Foundation Europe and an intervenor during the hearing.

The Free Software Movement and the Future of Freedom

Richard Stallman

“The best thing is if you can make some Free Software, the next best thing is if you don’t make any software, and the worst thing is if you make some proprietary software.”

Richard Stallman explains the ethical principles behind the concept of Free Software and the GNU project.

The Great Failure of Wikipedia

Jason Scott

“Wikipedia holds up the dark mirror of what humanity is, to itself.”

At Notacon 3 Jason Scott speaks about Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales design choices and their consequences.

Keywords: Jason Scott, Notacon

Software and Community in the Early 21st Century

Eben Moglen, Paul Everitt, Richard Stallman

“It began as a moral question. […] But it becomes along the way also a window into the economic organization of the human society in the 21st century.”

Eben Moglen, chairman of the Software Freedom Law Center, gives a keynote at the October 2006 Plone conference in Seattle.

Netzpolitik.org Interview with Yochai Benkler

Yochai Benkler

“It’s that new diversity of ways of creating information and exchanging it, that characterizes the Network information economy.”

Markus Beckedahl from netzpolitik.org speaks with law professor Yochai Benkler about his book “The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom” and some of his thoughts on the developments and influences of collaborative work and peer production on the net.