Action Items this Week
- Visit the forum and respond to the question for week 3 – discuss amongst yourselves on social media as well – great activity there.
- Keep working on those journal article reviews.
- For our next class please take a read of: Sam Palmisano, The Globally Integrated Enterprise (2006). This in prep of the next discussion around open innovation.
Here is a copy of the lecture slide deck for 3 – 22 Oct 2015 Open versus Free Software.
Let’s think about the concept of ‘free’ software and open source – both in terms of a development strategy, but additionally and more broadly as a philosophical set of principles.
Please take a look at this video from Richard Stallman – Free vs Open (2009)
Richard Stallman is an American software freedom activist and computer programmer. He campaigns for the freedom to use, study, distribute and modify software; software that ensures these freedoms legally (via its license) is termed free software. Stallman opposes proprietary software. In September 1983, Stallman launched the GNU Project to create a Unix-like computer operating system composed entirely of free software.Stallman pioneered the concept of copyleft, which uses the principles of copyright law as a contract to preserve the right to use, modify and distribute free software, and is the main author of free software licenses which describe those terms, most notably the GNU General Public License (GPL), the most widely used free software license.In October 1985 he founded the Free Software Foundation. In 1989 he co-founded the League for Programming Freedom.Since the mid-1990s, Stallman has spent most of his time advocating for free software, as well as campaigning against software patents, digital rights management, and what he sees as excessive extension of copyright laws.
We will also meet friend Yokai Bekler later on, but in the immediate term you may find it interesting to watch this short video “The New Open Source Economics” through which he explains the motivations and benefits in an Open Source approach in nice simple terms. It’s a great watch.
Yochai Benkler (born 1964) is an Israeli-American author and the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School. He is also a faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
The last video (which we may find a chance to watch during lecture, but will post here nonetheless, follows on the blog post I made about Jimmy Wales and Wikipedia. He presented a (dated) TED talk about the founding of Wikipedia (5 years prior to this talk) and shares some interesting aspects about the working behind the platform and his thoughts about where it will go in the future (or as we now have time to judge this remarks – may not go). A good view nonetheless, Jimmy Wales: The Birth of Wikipedia.
For our next lecture please take a browse of :
Sam Palmisano, The Globally Integrated Enterprise (2006).
What does it means to be globally integrated? How does it change pre-existing business models around revenue germination and intellectual property? What’s the big deal with Innovation2.0?
‘Should all knowledge be free? Does patent law still make sense? Who do patents protect?’