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, improve team efficiency, and boost innovation.
His clients include companies such as Google, Microsoft, Intel, Mozilla, or Airtable.
Tobie is the facilitator of AMP’s Advisory Committee, a voting member of the OpenJS Foundation Cross Project Council, and sits on the Advisory Council of OASIS Open Projects.
Previously, he was a member of Facebook’s Open Source and Web Standards team, and was Facebook’s Advisory Committee representative at W3C.
From its inception, open source—and free software before it—was built around ethical notions: give people agency and power over their software so they could use, modify, and share it as they pleased to accomplish whatever it is that they wanted to do with it.
In a world where running software required programming skills, there was a lot of overlap between users and developers of open source, and so this rather simple framework was sufficient to deal with open source’s different constituencies.
Since then, open source has become ubiquitous. As a result, the number of constituencies has ballooned: there are indie and corporate contributors and maintainers, open source software vendors, developers building proprietary code on top of open source, end-users who don’t know anything about software, people impacted by open source software who are not even using it, cloud providers, etc., etc.
When the interests of these different actors are in conflict, which one of them do we favor and why? Neither the Four Freedoms nor the Open Source Definition (OSD) really helps us answer that question.
Faced with similar issues, other communities have designed really effective frameworks to guide their decision making processes. W3C’s “priority of constituencies” is such a framework.
In this talk we’ll dig into what W3C’s priority of constituencies is, outline its benefits, but also its limits.
We’ll then see how we could apply the priority of constituencies to open source, what that reveals about the complexity of the open source ecosystem, and in particular how the parts that are difficult to fit in such a framework are precisely those that have made the news in the past few years.
|Making the business case for contributing to open source||KubeCon + CloudNativeCon||November 2020|
|Making the business case for contributing to open source||SFScon||November 2020|
|Recruit, retain, foster||Online CTO Summit: Onboarding and retention||October 2020|
|A Home for your open source project||Open Source Summit Europe||October 2020|
|Towards a sustainable solution to open source sustainability||DINAcon||October 2020|
|Making the business case for contributing to open source||Open Infrastructure Summit||October 2020|
|Making the business case for contributing to open source||AnsibleFest||October 2020|
|Y a-t-il de la place pour l’éthique dans l’open source ?||Paris Web||October 2020|
|Does open source need its own Priority of Constituencies?||State of the Source Summit||September 2020|
|Towards a sustainable solution to open source sustainability||OpenJS World||June 2020|
|Why contribute to open source?||Open Source 101||May 2020|
|Open Source Contribution Policies That Don’t Suck||OpenChain Webinar||May 2020|
|Why contribute to open source?||All Things Open RTP Meetup||April 2020|
|From laggard to open source power house||OpenExpo Europe||April 2020|
|Open Source Contribution Policies That Don’t Suck||FINOS Open Source Readiness||March 2020|
|Bringing ethics back to open source||FOSDEM||February 2020|
|Build and leverage your open source culture to recruit, retain, and foster top talent||FINOS Open Source Readiness||January 2020|
|From laggard to open source power house—a transformative journey to successfully build a strong open source culture||Open Source Strategy Forum||November 2019|
|Making the Business Case for Contributing to Open Source||All Things Open 2019||October 2019|
|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|
|SDOs as de facto do-ocracies — how standards are really made||Decision-making in standard developing organisations for the internet||April 2017|