Who are the free users?

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Who are the free users? A strategy discussion. Mikael von Knorring

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Who are the free users?

  1. 1. Who are the free users? Mikael von Knorring ● micke@socialist.nu ● Twitter: Micke_vK ● Blog: Vänsterteknik - a strategy discussion
  2. 2. Who are the free users? Enthusiasts Everyone else
  3. 3. Who are the free users? Everyone else
  4. 4. Who are the free users? ? Owning Class
  5. 5. Who are the free users? Working Class Owning Class
  6. 6. Who are the free users? Working Class Who ● The people doing the work Issues ● Poverty ● Workplace exploitation ● Democracy Power ● Strike ● Build somethiing better
  7. 7. Who are the free users? ? Proprietary Corporations
  8. 8. Who are the free users? Programmers Who ● Corporate employees ● Students ● Researchers Issues ● Free software ● Software patents ● Open standards Power ● Develop stuff ● Influence investments ● ”We know what we're doing”
  9. 9. Who are the free users? FLOSS Companies Developing countries
  10. 10. Who are the free users? FLOSS companies Who ● Local companies ● Larger ones ● Companies using some FLOSS Issues ● Free software ● Software patents ● Open standards Power ● Develop stuff ● Influence investments ● Lobby for good ● ”We're no communists”
  11. 11. Who are the free users? Developing countries Who ● India, China, Brazil ● Small countries ● Manufacturing companies Issues ● Patent trouble ● Artificial poverty ● Free software Power ● Develop stuff ● Influence investments ● Negotiating power
  12. 12. Who are the free users? Education Research Regular users Culture Solidarity movements Ecological movements
  13. 13. Who are the free users? Free software ● Open standards ● Software patents ● Free hardware
  14. 14. Who are the free users? Free knowledge ● Wikipedia ● Free textbooks ● Open Access ● Patent reform Free communication ● User control over data ● Data retention ● Net neutrality Free software ● Open standards ● Software patents ● Free hardware Free culture ● Remix culture ● File sharing ● Creative Commons Free users
  15. 15. Who are the free users? Education Research Regular users Culture Solidarity movements Ecological movements Open Access Free works File sharing Patent trouble Free communication Open standards
  16. 16. Who are the free users? Where to be heading ● By 2020, in all these communities, people have a strong concept of freedom ● People know their entrypoint and take action ● People have a lot of sympathy for these connected freedom issues as well
  17. 17. Who are the free users? Solidarity movements Who ● Charities ● Anti-imperialists ● Aid organization Issues ● Artificial poverty ● Patent trouble ● Free software ● Free hardware ● Free communication Power ● Lobbying ● Transmit arguments from developing countries ● Funding implementations
  18. 18. Who are the free users? Regular users Who ● Home users ● Office users Issues ● File sharing ● Proprietary trouble ● Consumer rights ● Free communication Power ● User base? ● Defy illegitimate laws? ● Force open standards? ● ”Knowledgeable users demand freedom”
  19. 19. Who are the free users? Culture Who ● Artists, fans, geeks ● Just about anyone ● Institutions Issues ● File sharing ● Free expression ● Free works ● Commodity trouble Power ● Try participation ● New economic models ● Deepen the meaning of free
  20. 20. Who are the free users? Education Who ● Teachers ● Students ● Librarians ● Study circles Issues ● Wikipedia ● Free textbooks ● Open Access ● Free educational software ● Free communication Power ● Try participation ● Funding development
  21. 21. Who are the free users? Research Who ● At universities ● In business Issues ● Open Access ● Patent trouble Power ● Funding development ● ”For progress, research needs to be free”
  22. 22. Who are the free users? Ecological movements Who ● Activists ● Researchers ● Employees Issues ● Patent trouble ● Commodity trouble ● Free hardware Power ● Funding development ● ”Proprietary means wasteful”
  23. 23. Who are the free users? Education Research Regular users Culture Solidarity movements Ecological movements Open Access Free works File sharing Patent trouble Free communication Open standards
  24. 24. Who are the free users? Education Research Regular users Culture Solidarity movements Ecological movements Open Access Free works File sharing Patent trouble Free communication Open standards ACTA
  25. 25. Who are the free users? Education Research Regular users Culture Solidarity movements Ecological movements File sharing Patent trouble Free communication ACTA
  26. 26. Who are the free users? ? Who else?
  27. 27. Who are the free users? Unions ? Who ● Blue collar ● White collar Issues ● Free communication? ● Safety issues? Power ● Negotiating power at the workplace
  28. 28. Who are the free users? Womens Rights ? Who ● Feminist activists Issues ● Artificial poverty? ● Free expression? Power ● Breaching the male geek wall
  29. 29. Who are the free users? Education Research Regular users Culture Solidarity movements Ecological movements Open Access Free works File sharing Patent trouble Free communication Open standards
  30. 30. Who are the free users? Thanks for listening! ● micke@socialist.nu ● Twitter: Micke_vK ● Blog: Vänsterteknik

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