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Beijing DAY 2

dutton and heroes of free software

This is the front of the room at the Oxford Institute Summer Program. These guys, the three on the right, were heroes. They laid out the argument for governments to use free software clear and cold. Bill Dutton, the guy on the left, put up a noble scholarly defense, urging that detachment and devotion to data should not be lost amidst their passion for their cause.

Earlier in the day I had my first opportunity to talk with the group. We started with each of them stating their name and thesis. Then I told them a bit about myself and tried to offer them a trajectory with and arc that goes back a ways under the title, “the future of the internet”. Not mine to describe, nor were there other bloggers in the room, unless I can get Ben Walker to speak up. He was there, and can you believe, not recording!

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