Presented by

  • Delib


    Daily Linux user since 2003; grass-roots community co-organizer; free software advocate; co-operatives advocate; DIY tinker. Delib left a small collectively-owned health food store to go back to the land, then left the land. They focused on effects of nutrition and environmental substances on the brain and behavior for a nutrition degree, but switched to graduate with a BS in Human Development from a college of human resources and family studies. Then did two years of graduate study and research on environmental toxins in a school of Community Health Education. After some years with grass-roots community groups, they went back to earn an interdisciplinary PhD with a more political-philosopy approach, from a college of urban and public affairs, concentrating on interdisciplinary fields of Cummunity Health and Development, and Normative Policy Analysis. Their dissertation explored deliberative democracy in successful co-operatives.


This talk tells a story of FOSS as it is centered in current trends of world-affairs, for FOSS is not merely technical coding. It is a social contract. One of FOSS' most important possibilities might be countering perverse incentives in today's internet financing models. With the current model, privacy, democracy and supply-chain security are risked. Yet no matter what solutions are feasible, the goal of this talk is to broaden our perspectives out onto the world at large. The first step is outlining some contemporary problem policy-issues (such as privacy, encryption, democracy, walled gardens, inter-cultural warfare, social profiling, online moderation and left-right divides). Then the second step is outlining potentials for strategic leverage points, places where FOSS and its related co-operative ecosystems might make large positive contributions to our futures. Software is at the center of a broad range of topics and ethical concerns affecting every facet of human and non-human life. The stakes are large, but there are so many places to make a positive difference: civil infrastructure, human-scale interactions, the four freedoms (to use, study, alter and share FOSS), the fediverse, supply chain audits and especially the feasibility of co-operative service models that address questions of ownership and control beyond licensure.