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Humanist Archives: May 29, 2021, 7:52 a.m. Humanist 35.52 - events: coproduction of open source software by volunteers and big tech firms

				                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 52.
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        Date: 2021-05-28 07:16:09+00:00
        From: Mathieu.O'Neil 
        Subject: The coproduction of open source software by volunteers and big tech firms

The News and Media Research Centre is pleased to announce the launch of
the Digital Commons Policy Council's inaugural report.

DATE/TIME
Wed, 9 June 2021
10:00 - 11:00 CET (Paris)
18:00 - 19:00 AEST (Canberra)

REGISTER FOR ZOOM LINK
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/news-media-research-centre-report-launch-
tickets-157144935733

TITLE
The coproduction of open source software by volunteers and big tech firms

AUTHORS
Mathieu O'Neil, Xiaolan Cai, Laure Muselli, Fred Pailler and Stefano
Zacchiroli

SUMMARY

This report maps how firms are collaborating with communities of unpaid
volunteers to produce open source code, used in most IT applications and
infrastructures. We map firm employee contributions to top GitHub
repositories, and analyse how the IT press portrays this coproduction.

We also show how IT firm and foundation employee presentations at open
source conferences reveal contrasting visions of digital infrastructure,
business models, and the firm-community relationship. Big tech firms
such as Amazon are using cloud computing and Software as a Service to
transform open source software, which is intended to be shared and
modified, into closed assets. The report outlines strategic responses to
big tech appropriation and reviews current debates about the recognition
of volunteer work, money in FOSS, software licenses and universal basic
incomes. The report also features invited comments exploring alternative
perspectives by French open source specialists from the fields of
academia, industry and activism.


SCHEDULE
18:00-18:05 (10:00-10:05 CET Paris)
Introduction and launch
Prof. Kerry McCallum, Director N&MRC, University of Canberra

18:05-18:15
Firm-volunteer coproduction on GitHub and in the IT media
Dr Mathieu O'Neil, University of Canberra

18:15-18:25
Firm discourses about open source, ongoing research
Dr Laure Muselli, Telecom Paris
Dr Stefano Zacchiroli, Université de Paris / Inria

18:25-18:30
Some strategic responses to big tech appropriation
Dr Mathieu O'Neil, University of Canberra

18:30-19:00
Debate, Q&A

The coproduction of open source software by volunteers and big tech
firms report was made possible by the support of the Alfred P. Sloan
Foundation and the Ford Foundation's Critical Digital Infrastructure
fund (2019-2020).


THE COPRODUCTION OF OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE BY VOLUNTEERS AND BIG TECH FIRMS
Mathieu O'Neil, Xiaolan Cai, Laure Muselli, Fred Pailler and Stefano
Zacchiroli

1.THE INTEGRATION OF OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE INTO THE IT FIRM ECOSYSTEM

Time for public authorities to stop blindly supporting big tech, by
Sébastien Broca

2. FIRM EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTIONS TO TOP GITHUB REPOSITORIES

The ethics of open source must be enacted across the online service
economy, by Hervé Le Crosnier

3. COPRODUCTION AND VOLUNTEER LABOUR IN THE IT MEDIA

Predation is not sustainable, so give big tech a chance, by Thierry Carraz

4. DISCOURSES ABOUT OPEN SOURCE IN THE IT SECTOR

Building common knowledge: The science commons, by Danièle Bourcier

5. STRATEGIC RESPONSES TO PREDATION AND FREE RIDING

Framasoft, a pluralist alternative to big tech, by Pierre-Yves Gosset

6. DEBATING THE RECOGNITION OF UNPAID VOLUNTEER LABOUR: UBIs, MONEY IN
FOSS, LICENCES

Federated responses to big tech monopolies, by Célya Gruson-Daniel,
Benjamin Jean and Camille Louis




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