Eben Moglen on Universal Access to Knowledge
Eben Moglen in a call to arms for the sharing economy, at the 2006 Plone Conference.
"What does Firefox have to do with social justice? How will the one laptop per child project discourage genocide? How soon will Microsoft collapse? Watch Eben Moglen's inspiring keynote from the 2006 Plone Conference.
'If we know that what we are trying to accomplish is the spread of justice and social equality through the universalization of access to knowledge; If we know that what we are trying to do is build an economy of sharing which will rival the economies of ownership at every point where they directly compete; If we know that we are doing this as an alternative to coercive redistribution, that we have a third way in our hands for dealing with long and deep problems of human injustice; If we are conscious of what we have and know what we are trying to accomplish, when this is the moment for the first time in lifetimes, we can get it done.'" (http://slashdot.org/articles/06/12/10/1553242.shtml)
Eben Moglen on Free Software as a Social Model
" the single best talk I have ever heard about the meaning of free/libre/open source software and its role as both a model and a means for righting social inequalities" (http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/005626.html)
Podcast URL = http://www.archive.org/details/eben-moglen-oct-2006
Webcast URL = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NorfgQlEJv8
"Now we live in a different world. For the first time, all the basic knowledge, all the refined physics, all the deep mathematics, everything of beauty in music, in the visual arts, in literature, all of the video arts of the 20th Century, all can be given to everybody everywhere at essentially no additional cost beyond the cost required to make the first copy. And so we face, in the 21st Century, a very basic moral question: If you could make as many loaves of bread as it took to feed the world by baking one loaf and pressing a button, how could you justify charging more for bread than the poorest people could afford to pay? ..." (http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/005626.html)