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si, justo al lado :) Ahora ya te lo he puesto a ti.

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Descripción corta: Promotor de la cultura libre, activo en la educación y las tecnologias libres.
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Soy co-fundador de la fundación Free Knowledge Institute y de la academia en linea Free Technology Academy. Trabajo para una sociedad más justa, basada en la autonomia, igualdad, solidaridad y el respeto para las personas.

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  • Swatantra'17: software freedom, and awareness of larger picture

    (originally published here)

    A couple of weeks ago I attended the Swatantra’17 conference in Trivandrum, Kerala, and came back with a lot of food for thought.

    First of all, a great conference

    Many important topics, by a well balanced mix of national and foreign speakers, nice venue… Thanks and well done, ICFOSS! The only things I would add (but I’m sure they’re already in the works!) are two pages in the Swatantra’17 website linking to all the slides and, respectively, to media coverage.

    Distributed, Community-based digital manufacturing for human development

    My own contribution to Swatantra’17 was about “Open, Digital DIY manufacturing across countries and cultures”). For me, the discussions that followed, and feedback like this, confirm what I had written in the talk abstract: when it comes to digital DIY manufacturing, “first world” countries must learn from the rest of the world, and the rest of the world can and should benefit a lot by not repeating the mistakes we’ve made so far. I do hope to work more on this in 2018! For the record, I found further confirmations of what I proposed myself, in the talk about assistive tools for paraplegics), and above all in the great healthcare-related projects presented by Ashwin Whitchurch of ProtoCentral, also mentioned here.

    When you educate a woman in ICT…

    During the conference, someone said (sorry, I forgot the source!): “When you educate a woman, you educate a family or village. When you educate a woman in ICT you educate a country”. Swatantra’17 did have good participation of women, as both speakers and participants, and provided plenty of inspiration and best practices. Sticking to the talks on this topic that I could follow personally, I would like to thank Mallory Knodel, speaking about feminist principles on/in the internet, Karen Sandler (“Large Hearted Queen of Open Source Code”) and Aruna Sankaranarayanan. Mrs Sankaranarayanan presented interesting work about gender bias in street names in India and, among other FOSS-related initiatives empowering women, explained why and how she worked in Outreachy.

    Control vs Convenience or “what is the main battle?”

    Karen Sandler noted, among other things, that today “Free Software is in everything, yet we have less freedom than ever”. During his own talk, Todd Weaver observed that:

    • in general, when dealing with digital technology “people will give up control for convenience” (a statement which, in my opinion, would make a pretty good answer to the question “please sum up the whole history of humankind in one sentence”)
    • if every person used, supported, recommended and made CONVENIENT, ETHICAL PRODUCTS, we would already be in UTOPIA
    • an ethical digital society must be decentralized and have full encryption, FOSS, convenience and NO tracking

    “Less freedom than ever” is probably a bit too much. However, all the statements above make very good background for a core FOSS-related issue raised by several members of the audience during the final discussion. The most important comments, which I edited and grouped for clarity, are:

    • software is useless without data: [from now on, let’s] focus on freedom of data, it is more important than software freedom
    • we cannot create an island, we must create an ocean; we should bring larger part of socieaty to such meetings
    • [it is bad that] FOSS advocates do not have one strategy for a free society

    Personally, the last bullet doesn’t worry me. I see Free Software as one really transversal value and need of society, like proper handling of food. Should we expect all people who rightly preach to never handle food with dirty hands to also have one and the same “strategy for a better society”, or be concerned if they don’t?

    About the other two points, I can only share a remark I made at the end of my own talk: “WHY AREN’T CONSUMER ASSOCIATIONS here? Even more: why aren’t THEY organizing conferences like Swatantra’17? This is a proof that we are doing something wrong. Don’t worry too much about involving more hackers or makers: focus on how to involve everybody else, instead.”

    That’s the main reason why I think Swatantra’17 was a great Free Software conference: the widespread awareness, which still seems far from granted in many gatherings of the same kind, that “software freedom” counts quite little, in and by itself.

    Posted on 16 January 2018 | 6:33 pm

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  • Imagining the (R)Urban Commons in 2040

    Originally posted on CommonsBlog:
    I was delighted to give a key-note talk at the First IASC Thematic Urban Commons Conference last week in Bologna. Here are my speech and the slides. The most beautiful ones were produced by Nikolas Kichler. ******** In 2040, one generation from now, I will be more than 70 years old…

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    Mid March it was my turn to provide the session in the Escuela de los Commons (School of Commons) in Barcelona. I had promised to present (see slides) the perspectives of commons and free knowledge applied to “industrial production”. In this post I will try to summarise the session. Introduction Wikipedia has won much “marketshare” … Continue reading →

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    Over the last three decades we have seen how collaborative production in software development communities has made available all sorts of software under non-exclusive conditions, as Free Software, or Open Source. Certain trends suggest that in the coming years we may see something similar in the production of physical goods. Well, tangible goods are of … Continue reading →

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    Welcome at the microfactoria! In this blog I will write down my research and learning experiences about microfactories. Inspired by the Free Software movement, there is a similar movement going on in hardware production. If you look around (thorougly) you can see lots of small scale production centres popping up: community run home workshops, hacklabs, … Continue reading →

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  • wouter ha respondido en el tema cabecera en el grupo Grupo de mantenimiento técnico hace 2231 días
    Ah, pensaba que te habia gustado, como decias la semana pasada, "el icono perfecto ... es más indefinido el personaje". Que habias visto entonces? Es verdad que podria parecer a contactos amorosos... A lo mejor Franco puede hacer un icono...
  • wouter ha respondido en el tema cabecera en el grupo Grupo de mantenimiento técnico hace 2232 días
    Franco, reemplazando las rutas con /plataforma/... funcionó con los logos de apoyo, pero no con los logos de fondo etc que tienes definido al inicio. Ahi puse http://cooperaccio.org/plataforma/... y listo. ahora he copiado el favicon y el...
  • wouter ha respondido en el tema cabecera en el grupo Grupo de mantenimiento técnico hace 2232 días
    Franco, ok, hecho. Muy bonito :) Que falta? Veo que el favicon de elgg sale todavia y tu nuevo icono de contactos no sale :( hasta ahora! Wouter
  • wouter ha respondido en el tema cabecera en el grupo Grupo de mantenimiento técnico hace 2232 días
    Hola Franco, gracias! He bajado el paquete y instalado en el servidor. Despues de activarlo veo que hay algunos problemas con las imagenes: los logos y favicon no se presentan. Pensé que podria ser un problema de permisos, pero parecen...
  • wouter ha respondido en el tema cabecera en el grupo Grupo de mantenimiento técnico hace 2237 días
    Hola Franco, una pequeña observación más: veo que los iconos de contactos y mensajes tienen un mousover en azul, pero los otros no. Creo que la consistencia es importante. En tu instalación no veo el icono del...
  • wouter ha respondido en el tema cabecera en el grupo Grupo de mantenimiento técnico hace 2245 días
    Hola Franco, seria genial si la semana que viene nos mandas la plantilla con los cambios aqui comentadas y lo integramos en la plataforma. Así ya podremos a usarla un poco más :) un saludo, Wouter
  • He redactado una propuesta para los Términos de Uso y la Privacidad de las usuarias de la plataforma. Podeis revisarlas y comentar dudas aqui? O directamente canviarlo en el wiki.
  • wouter ha respondido en el tema Diseño visual de FemAcció en el grupo Grupo de mantenimiento técnico hace 2253 días
    si, lo he observado :) preguntas: 1. Podemos hacer que la caja "Login" aparece solo cuando no estamos loggeados? Con el "html libre" ya he creado una caja de Bienvenida para las logeadas. Ahora se ven doble cuando estas logeado. 2. Nuevas...