The European Commission has published a new version of its strategy for the internal use of Free Software. The strategy now covers the 2014-2017 timeframe. FSFE has provided extensive input to the Commission during the update process.
Ben West read my novel Little Brother in tandem with the Edward Snowden leaks about NSA spying, and it got him thinking about a browser plugin called Paranoid Browsing to make it harder to profile your traffic based on surveillance.
We Are Makers tells the story of the Maker Movement.
It’s the story not of tools but of people. A publisher. An entrepreneur. A design professor. A middle school teacher. Two museum educators. And a creative director.
Each provides an important viewpoint on why new technologies and communities of making are bringing us back to something deeply human.
"I'd like to think of it as … in some ways I gave it a name, to something that already was happening and that people did, but they tend to think of it narrowly, and I gave it a general name - maker.
They said - oh I like robotics, I like to do weaving, and they would never see a connection between the two and I said: you know, all these things people do are connected. I think a lot of making has less economic necessity driving it and more like a form of personal expression.
This thing that I do is what connects me to other people … and I get to be known as the crazy guy that does something, but in many ways it initiates me into communities of people…
It is a kind of social currency. It's more like a network. It is something which is distributed and people join it just by saying "I'm a maker". "
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