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IT Cooperation: Free & Open

This slidedeck is from presentation given at the International Cooperative Alliance (www.ica.coop) General Assembly and conference during November 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. The audience was international and, while translation was available in several languages, translation of presentation slides was not possible so slides were necessarily kept as brief and simple as possible. All sources are indicated on slides where needed, with the exception of the second slide which was sourced from the World Bank (sourcing was shared orally during the presentation).

The talk gives background on the Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) Movement - and makes a point to delve into the tensions between Free Software and Open Source philosophies. The FLOSS Movement is then proferred as the Cooperative Movement's equivalent in the technology sector, and specific calls to action are made for steps that would effectively align and strengthen the two movements. The intended audience for this presentation is comprised of folks already familiar with the Cooperative Model and Movement, though it can be easily adapted for audiences with more or less cooperative and/or technological knowledge.

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IT Cooperation: Free & Open

  1. 1. IT Cooperation: Accessible, Free, & Open ICA 2014: Cape Town Emily M Lippold Cheney, “EMLC” Cooperative Organizer Midwest, United States TEDx: http://s.coop/cooptedx
  2. 2. IT Cooperation: Accessible, Free, & Open ICA 2014: Cape Town Emily M Lippold Cheney, “EMLC” Cooperative Organizer Midwest, United States TEDx: http://s.coop/cooptedx
  3. 3. Information Technology or “IT” “refers to the application of computers and telecommunications equipment to store, retrieve, transmit, and manipulate data […] The term is commonly used as a synonym for computers and computer networks, but it also encompasses other information distribution technologies such as television and telephones.” DEFINITIONS ADAPTED FROM WIKIPEDIA.
  4. 4. DEFINITIONS Computer Network: a telecommunications network that allows computers to exchange data. The best-known computer network is the Internet. Internet: a network that consists of millions of private and public networks, of local to global scope, linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless, and optical networking technologies. Software: any set of instructions that directs a computer's processor to perform specific operations. It is a set of programs, procedures, functions, associated data and/or its documentation. Hardware: the physical objects that carry out the instructions. Computer hardware and software require each other and neither can be realistically used without the other. ALL DEFINITIONS ADAPTED FROM WIKIPEDIA.
  5. 5. (0) The freedom to run the program as you wish, for whatever purpose. (1) The freedom to study the program’s “source code”, and change it, so the program does your computing as you wish. (2) The freedom to make and distribute exact copies when you wish. (3) The freedom to make and distribute copies of your modified versions, when you wish. Free/Libre Software Principles
  6. 6. Software + Service as a Software Substitute or, “SaaSS” “The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House.” - Audre Lorde
  7. 7. Free Libre Open Source + Software FLOSS User :: FLOSS = Member :: Coop
  8. 8. User :: FLOSS = Member :: Coop + JUST BETTER BUSINESS... PROPRIETARY FLOSS COST Licensing is more expensive; use pays to cover expenses & profit Open licensing is less expensive; use does not pay profit FLEXIBILITY Illegal to modify Able to freely modify, improve, adapt, etc. SECURITY Cannot look at source code, so back-doors & spyware possible Can look at source code & modify, so you cannot be “tricked” COLLABORATION Cannot change, share, or innovate Everyone can contribute, innovate, & share
  9. 9. Cooperative FLOSS Solutions ● Directories of FLOSS products/services: – – ● http://directory.fsf.org http://www.sourceforge.net Social Media – – ● https://identi.ca ~ Twitter https://diasporafoundation.org ~ Facebook FLOSS Support, by country – ● http://www.flossfoundations.org Others – http://www.fairnopoly.de – http://www.datacommons.coop Emily M Lippold Cheney e.m.lippold.cheney@gmail.com TEDx: http://s.coop/cooptedx USA Cooperative Youth Council CooperationWorks! Data Commons Cooperative