Why the OpenStack community voting process fails and how to fix it

Open source communities offer a lot of democratic participation. The idea that you contribute to a project and have a say in its governance is a powerful one.Β  When it doesn’t work, those same projects turn their backs on active contributors and discourage newcomers. The most recent OpenStack elections for Individual members to the Board…

Watching the live streaming from Cupertino’s council debating…

Watching the live streaming from Cupertino’s council debating the new Apple campus. Even the environmentalists are defending the massive pouring of concrete in the middle of orchards and farming land. Not sure if I should admire the democracy in action or laugh at these people saying silly things to defend Apple, a company that has…

East and West coast so far apart: Moglen vs Jobs

June 6th 2011 was a strange day. Facing the Pacific ocean Steve Jobs was describing his perfect plan to know which books you read, what magazines you buy, what music you listen, who you correspond with, who you love and who hates you.Β  On the Atlantic ocean Eben Moglen, Lawrence Lessig were describing how that…

Technology is changing politics

That’s the theme of the Personal Democracy Forum that started today in New York. Too often, the discussion of technology and politics employs a kind of lazy shorthand. We say things like “The Internet is revolutionizing politics,” or “the Internet is helping dictators,” as if a set of network protocols and bits and wires could…