Why Richard Stallman doesn’t matter

Too many people have joined the chorus of cacophonous conversations online about booting Richard Stallman from the free software movement. They claim that his social behavior has prevented more people from joining. There are conspiracy theories claiming a hit job by an evil corp. The point that everybody misses is that Stallman’s views on software…

How to effectively merge free software advocacy with data privacy activism

I have been prodded to read Shoshana Zuboff Surveillance Capitalism and now I tell you to do the same. Her arguments are a perfect complement to Stallman’s GNU Manifesto (1983) and Moglen’s dotCommunist Manifesto (2003). Free software has a good chance to be at the center of the debate around Facebook’s power over democratic societies.…

Of course Twitter is not representative of America

A new Pew study finds a gulf between the general population and Twitter users. This report is interesting because they interviewed actual people. There is one fundamental statement in it but it’s not mentioning a fundamental piece of context. The one interesting piece of data by Pew is that 10% of users create 80% of…

OpenStack releases its most important artifact

The strongest legacy of OpenStack Foundation is showing how to do open source at scale, with millions of dollar budget. Going well beyond the garages, the university labs, the funded startups and the small non-profits of the years before. OpenStack its practice on top of past experiences like the Apache way and the Ubuntu community…

Fornetto publishes to WordPress with Raspberry Pi and Python

Finally I took the time to clean up the Python code that publishes to images from the modified microwave toy to a WordPress site. I’m lying: the code is not clean at all but it serves its purpose… ship it! In the process I learned a few things about WordPress REST API, Python and the…

Mozilla blew it with the Mr. Robot add-on

I trust Mozilla to do the right things… in general. I trust so much that I agree to share Firefox telemetry data to its server. I trust Mozilla to hold my traffic data, bookmarks etc with Sync. The thing is that I remember being informed of those options the first time I start Firefox on…