Bits of Freedom
Bits of Freedom

Tinkerer and thinker on everything free and open. Exploring possibilities and engaging with new opportunities to instigate change.

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Tinkerer and thinker on everything free and open. Exploring possibilities and engaging with new opportunities to instigate change.


Where will the FSFE be next?

On the 19th of July, the FSFE had its first ever Event Coordination Meeting. As a volunteer organisation, the FSFE participate at more conferences than even I know about. Just last year, we were at FOSDEM (Belgium), T-Dose (Netherlands), FiFFkon (Germany), RMLL/LSM (France), Veganmania (Austria), Euskal Encounter (Spain), 32C3 (Germany),…

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It was the summer of 2016

Today was the first day back at work after a longer summer vacation, most of which I spent mixing concrete, or so it feels. In practice, it was just about two cubic meters (70 cubic feet) of concrete spread over a two day build and most of the remainder of the work came from the immediate results thereof. I thought I'd share some photos,…

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FSFE's Event Coordination Meeting

on the 19th of July, I welcome your participation in an upcoming Event Coordination Meeting, intended for those of us who're either supporting the FSFE's event participation or representing the FSFE at various events. If you're a Fellow or volunteer of the FSFE interested in participating at an event to represent the organisation, or just…

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Working with volunteers

Executive Director's log, star date -655811 Recent discussions led me to research and think a bit about the topic of working with volunteers, an area I also touched upon recently while talking to fellows of the Shuttleworth Foundation. For the FSFE, the concern I have is our ability to give our volunteers the environment they need in whic…

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Thinking about the FSFE's organisation

This afternoon I've been testing various ways of thinking about the organisation of the FSFE, some of which turned into what looked much like a text based quest game from the early 1980s. The overall question is how we can best shape the work we do in a way which scales, is effective, and which encourages and makes it possible for our vol…

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What is intelligence?

Yesterday, I was approved to join Intertel, an organisation whose website reminds of something from the early 90s. Membership in Intertel is open to anyone who have scored at or above the 99th percentile (top 1%) on a standardized test of intelligence, meaning an IQ of around 135. I've previously been a member of Mensa since many years, w…

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Bootstrapping freedom and openness

Question: Is it legitimate to use proprietary software to further free and open source software? Through this article, I will try to approach this question by taking a look at the history of free software and open educational resources, relating this to what I will refer to as the process of bootstrapping freedom and openness. The history…

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The State of Free Software

[This blog post is in part taken from a transcript of my presentation at FOSS North 2016 and should be read in that context, some of it relating back to previous postings on this blog] A critical look at our progress Allow me to take you back in time. Not very far, but to 2015. This was the year when as many as 78% of companies surveyed b…

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Thank you for FOSS North 2016!

This week, I've had the pleasure of being in Gothenburg for the first annual FOSS North 2016 conference. Johan Thelin, who was one of the main organisers, was already speaking about a repeat performance next year which I'm very much looking forward to. The event was visited by just over 100 people most of which came from the area and work…

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