show #109 — Prof. Chris Kelty — posted (with explanation)

Published on March 14, 2010

It has been a busy few months! I am delinquent posting Show #109, February 17, my interview with Prof. Christopher Kelty of the University of California Los Angeles, author of Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software. For that I apologize, but, as consolation and explanation, I have writing to show for it, as I continue to wage war on the inappropriate use of trade secrecy in a variety of contexts (I welcome comments on the draft posted on MSU’s site, whose conference I’m honored to be attending). While I’m at it, I should add that I’ll be moderating a panel on IP and the Internet at FutureWeb 2010 in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 29, 2010. I’ve put together a great panel so I hope that you can make it!

Now that I’ve offered some explanation for my tardiness, on to my interview with Chris. Chris was a great guest, focusing on what we can learn from the free software movement beyond its mere revolutionary use in the technology context. Chris’ writing on this topic is startling for its breadth, and we were able to extend its application well beyond the technological sector. I was thrilled to have Chris on the show and hope that you enjoy the interview!