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Creating FSCONS: The Book

This page is for coordinating FSCONS: The Book, a publication with essays from the speakers at FSCONS 2008.

2009-02-24 (First draft received)
2009-05-15 (Second draft, text up for proofreading)
2009-06-01 (Finished text)
Name Topic Notes Wordcount
Smári McCarthy The End of (artificial) Scarcity I think this was the general theme of most of the conference, and I'd love to pour in some ideas I've had on the subject, traversing the entire digitization of society from software to hardware and on... Current: 11575 (30. december 2008)
Goal: 12000-15000
Nikolaj Hald Nielsen From consumer to creator - The Lego generation in the digital age Lets see if I have bitten of more than I can chew here... I reserve all rights to make the title less ambitious if the essay does not live up to such a grand name :-)
Mike Linksvayer Free Culture in relation to Software Freedom Compare and contrast free software and free culture and what the latter can take from the analysis ~10k words
Stefan Larsson Conceptions and Law Looking for conceptions tied to law and societal systems. Conceptions that not always function as well in a new context as they did in the older. Connected to copyright history and property. An english version inspired by this swedish one Om Sanning och Rätt in the book FRAMTIDSBOKEN: Vol 1.0 'The Darling Conceptions of Your Time' A first draft is made.
Johan Söderberg GNUnion of programmers An interpretation of GPL as a 'trade union' strategy better suited for freelancing, free software developers
Victor Stone The Unexpected Collaboration How open content is driving a new way of thinking about the creative process.
Ansgar Bernardi NEPOMUK - the Social Semantic Desktop An open environment for personal knowledge management, based on semantic web standards

Effective use of the tremenduous amount of information stored on a typical personal computer asks for a comprehensive, application-spanning approach to personal information management. The EU-funded project NEPOMUK developed a system architecture, tools and prototype implementations, and models and ontologies which allow the user to organize, annotate and interconnect available information elements, thus representing and exploiting the individual interpretation of their meanings and interrelations and sharing such knowledge with others across the individual workspaces. The so-called Social Semantic Desktop relies on fundamental technologies and formalisms developed in the context of the semantic web. NEPOMUK obtained world-wide interest and a broad uptake by clear dedication to an Open-Source approach, which, however, required careful balancing between the interests of industrial and academic project partners. This chapter describes the results of the NEPOMUK project and summarizes the experiences about benefits and pitfalls of an Open Source approach in an international project consortium.

It is still uncertain whether this can be delivered
Denis Jaromil Rojo The Weaver Birds
Leif-Jöran Olsson Building from within – on how to engage the solidarity movement in free software
Henrik Moltke RMS on FREE BEER Transcript of my RMS Free Beer interview - + short foreword about trying to reach broader audiences - this is the best I can do due to time / money constraints. Let me know if you think it'll work - I won't be offended if not :)
Rasmus Fleischer Meaning out of abundance My talk about "The (nonlinear) history of copyright", but in a very different order, and somewhat extended with some discussions about the difference between how we could think about "digital freedom" in the decade 1995-2005, compared to now. This text is already finished (for publishing in a smaller magazine) but could maybe be reworked a bit for this book. Current: 2700-2800 words
Jeremiah C. Foster deb: The practical results of Free Software praxis. How does one realize the potential of Free Software. One concrete way is to use and develop an entirely free operating system developed by the Free Software community. That operating system is called debian and is built on debs. Let's investigate.
Ville Solarius Open and free communication with Jabber/XMPP Discussing about free and open communication, how to utilise, distribute, and develop it.