"Free as in what? A debate on open source vs. free culture" at Eyebeam 10/29/09

October 29, 2009
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Eyebeam - 540 W 21st Street, NYC

What do we mean by 'freedom'? Should Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) necessarily be powered by radical politics of ownership and collaboration? Or is the latching of "Free Software" ideological baggage limiting the full transformative power of "Open Source." How are these questions informed by licenses? Are some licenses more open than others? More ethical than others? This emotional debate has been in the heart of FLOSS from its early days and has created camps and animosities within the community.

My comment:
It does seem like a lot of open source adopters, including in librarianship, don't "get" open source, at least in the way that I do, connecting it to the deeper political issues that are also core values of librarianship. That's why I think NYC librarians should attend this event.