I write, speak, comment and tweet on open source and digital freedom in the meshed society. I would value support so I can freely write Meshed "Explainers", co-host FLOSS Weekly, write for OpenSource.Org, OpenSource.Com, and volunteer at the Open Source Initiative, the Open Rights Group and The Document Foundation.
I've been around the computer industry all my working life. You may remember me from my days at large computer companies like IBM and Sun, but these days I'm independent. I still write as often as I can, breaking news and providing comment on what's happening in open source, digital rights and free culture. During 2014 for example I was frequently first with the independent analysis of happenings like Microsoft's opening of .Net, Google's support for ODF (a story I broke) and various "fauxpen source" startup strategies. Before that, I was the origin of useful ideas in open source like "the freedom to leave is the reason to stay", of various written resources like a series of papers explaining open source to businesses.
Most of what I spend my time on is voluntary work, such as serving on the boards of the Open Rights Group and The Document Foundation. It's increasingly hard to get publications to pay for freelance writing and I would like to be able to post more often than any publications will support. I also try to accept speaking engagements, but these days few events on the free culture calendar even cover travel costs, let alone pay speakers
Your support could:
- free me to devote more time to OSI, ORG, TDF and others
- allow me to write for sites like Opensource.Com, Opensource.org and others that never pay contributors
- enable me to travel to attend events like FOSDEM to provide an independent eye and voice that's not controlled by the big corporate contributors;
- comment freely on political and corporate moves that affect open source, digital rights and free culture