Activity Streams, Socialism, and the Future of Open Source

Accepted Session
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Scheduled: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 from 1:30 – 2:15pm in St. Johns


It may seem obvious to some, but the socialist imagery that Mozilla uses isn't accidental. Nor is the grounding of Activity Streams in socialist theory. What do these things have to do with open source an its future? A lot, and I'll paint a picture to tell you how it should play out.


Drawing inspiration from my popular SXSW talk on ActivityStreams, I’m going to take it a step farther and demonstrate how all this “open, social web” stuff applies to — nay, shall define! — the future of open source community collaboration mechanisms, and our ability to move faster, quicker, and more intelligently than any of our proprietary counterparts.

Of course this can’t be accomplished alone, so maybe I’ll pull in some good ideas from Kant, Nietzsche, Stalin and other inspirational figures… or not… but the point is: the future of open source lies in how well we leverage and exert our influence through social channels.

And since I’ve been working on opening up and interoperating (yes, that’s a verb) the social web, well, I might as well talk about how I see this all relating to the future of open source and how we get sh*t done!

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