Tobie Langel is the founder of UnlockOpen, a boutique consulting firm that helps large organizations build a strong open source culture and leverage it to recruit, retain, and foster top software engineering talent, and improve their teams’ efficiency, culture, and morale.
His clients include top tech companies like Google, Microsoft, Intel, or Mozilla.
Previously, he was a member of Facebook’s Open Source and Web Standards team, and was Facebook’s Advisory Committee representative at W3C.
Most discussions around ethical licenses today consider the Open Source Definition (OSD) with the same reverence as Moses did the tablets delivered to him on Mount Sinai.
The OSD is in fact much more mundane than that. And it tells us more about its authors than about the open source movement in general; had open source been born in less privileged circles, ethical considerations would have been baked in from the start.
With that in mind, let’s revisit what we’re actually trying to collectively achieve through the open source movement and reconsider the notion that its mission requires we allow the software we build be used in violation of Human Rights.
There are minimally-disruptive changes that can be made to the OSD and to existing licenses which would put ethical concerns centerstage, where they belong, and help us foster responsibility and accountability within our community and within software vendors.
We’ll look at the past attempts at creating ethical licenses and why they have failed. We’ll ask all of the hard questions, even those we don’t have good answers to yet. And we’ll propose a new, multi-pronged approach to this issue. One that we believe, while more demanding to implement, has a much better chance of success than previous attempts have had.
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|Governance Update & Next Steps||AMP Contributor Summit||October 2019|
|Making the Business Case for Contributing to Open Source||OpenExpo Europe||June 2019|
|Making the Business Case for Contributing to Open Source||OW2con’19||June 2019|
|Making the Business Case for Contributing to Open Source||InnerSource Commons Spring Summit 2019||April 2019|
|Towards a sustainable solution to open source sustainability||GenevaWeb||February 2019|
|Towards a sustainable solution to open source sustainability||FOSDEM||February 2019|
|Making the Business Case for Contributing to Open Source||Open Source Strategy Forum||November 2018|
|What Value do Open Source Management Consultants Add?||Open Source Strategy Forum||November 2018|
|Open Source Contribution Policies That Don't Suck||Open Source Summit Europe||October 2018|
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