Finally, someone talking sense about open source

Posted on April 18, 2008


Leigh has been asking me for ages to write about open source and sustainability. There are a zillion pages about open source and sustainability but almost without exception they are solely about the long term viability of open source (either as a business model or maintainability of code). I would really really like to see some discussion of open source that considers wider sustainability beyond this extremely narrow interpretation.

So, I am very pleased that TED has released this talk by Yochai Benkler . While not explicitly considering sustainabilty, he does talk about macro economic effects, empowerment and democratisation – all the sort of thing that we need to build a real picture of open source sustainability. More please…