My student Charlie Kiene spent 6mo with 2 groups of World of Warcraft raid guilds undergoing mergers. One merger led to a thriving community while the other led to complete collapse. Our new paper (with Aaron Shaw) tries to explain why. mako.cc/copyrighteous/why-orga

In my keynote (mako.cc/copyrighteous/librepla) I argued that online collaborative production is shifting from social to market-based arrangements. This paper explores the implications. (As is clear in the talk, part of this paper's results motivated the whole argument!)

The paper was a team effort by Max Klein, Jinhao Zhao, Jianjun Ni, Isaac Johnson, myself, and Haiyi Zhu.

My new paper tries to identify some of what is lost as market-based "sharing economy" platforms increasing replace socially-oriented systems based on actual sharing: mako.cc/copyrighteous/what-we- (The paper was led by @notconfusing who will present it at @CSCW next month!)

Claude Shannon created the "ultimate machine" and kept one on his desk. While I'm in his old office at CASBS, I'm doing the same! It can prompt useful thinking/conversation about AI, agency, cybernetics, homeostatis, etc. And it's super fun! mako.cc/copyrighteous/shannons

I continue to be blown away by the fact that I get to spend this year at CASBSS working in Claude Shannon's old study.🤩 I've written some reflections about Shannon's relationship to communication (the discipline/field) and to my own work. mako.cc/copyrighteous/shannons

I'll be moving to Palo Alto next week for a year-long fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford: mako.cc/copyrighteous/heading-

Let me know if you're around an want to connect!

Typing in different currencies. I was briefly frustrated trying to find the right compose-key sequence to type "$". Then I remembered that... Shift+4 produces "$", I type it all the time, and it's physically printed on my keyboard. 😊

Although it's never fun to hear your main professional association (ICA) tell you that "you have no friends or colleagues," being able to make one's very first submission to screenshots of despair softens the blow a little. mako.cc/copyrighteous/i-have-n social.coop/media/zHZl7z50XfzQ

This is a great talk by @mako if you're interested in peer-production and open source.

boingboing.net/2018/06/21/digi

@mike_hales @mako

Free Software needs many things, such as a focus on diversity, a more deliberate way to fund itself without depending on corporatism, and increased interest in other human factors like accessibility.

I believe that coops can be helpful to deliver improvements on those fronts.

Puzzled . . @mako makes a clear pitch on "Free software production needs free tools" youtube.com/watch?v=U_nK6nP_RC
And is very clear on and (though says most code comes from solo not collaboration!). Yet not a hint of coop ownership of to keep tools honest & open (GitHub!). Surely tools today become platforms? And platforms require collaboration even if code doesn't? So why doesn't follow automatically, as we talk tools? How does libre not equal coop in FLOSS world?

What does the "maker" movement think of the song "Maker" by Fink? An accidental anthem or just unfortunate evidence of the semantic ambiguity around an overloaded term? youtube.com/watch?v=AJhnbmdSy_

This writeup of my keynote on BoingBoing is more eloquent and concise than the talk. Thanks to Cory for the awesome summary, reflections, and signal boost! boingboing.net/2018/06/21/digi

You can now watch my keynote (edited w/ slides) about how firms and markets have coopted the free culture and free software movement's most powerful weapon (mass collaboration) and where that leaves us. mako.cc/copyrighteous/librepla

《自由软件需要自由工具》(2010)
By @mako

beijinglug.club/free-software-

虽然专有开发工具在短期内可能帮助自由软件开发者创造更多自由软件,但它的代价是不可接受的。为了实现更多自由而妥协原则,对我们的用户和更广大的自由软件开发社群而言是自我否定的、不稳定的,终究是不公正的。

Thanks so much to @wizard for translating my essay on why free software needs free tools into Chinese!

自由软件需要自由工具: linux.xidian.edu.cn/wiki/artic
Original: mako.cc/writing/hill-free_tool

I lived on the east coast for ~5 years before somebody explained that the term "honey bucket" is not the generic way to refer to portable toilets. They thought it was a idiosyncratic euphemism. In fact, Honey Bucket is a brand. social.coop/media/l9ZqKRImY7cc mako.cc/copyrighteous/honey-bu

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social.coop

social.coop is a a coop-run corner of the fediverse, a cooperative and transparent approach to operating a social platform. We are currently closed to new memberships while we improve our internal processes and policies, and plan to re-open to new folks when that work is complete. [9/2/2018]