It’s interesting to think that Open Source software vendors are lobbying President Obama because of the parallels they see between their model of software development and Obama’s promise of openness, hope, and change. Cool stuff, and pertinent to our discussion on collective intelligence, since Open Source software is open to all developers, and therefore benefits from all of those fixes, as opposed to proprietary software which limits development to in-house staff.
“Mr. President, we believe the open-source industry is changing the world of software development in many of the ways you have promised to change American politics,” the letter declares. “The values of open-source mirror those you promoted in your campaign: hope, change, and openness. We, the undersigned, sincerely hope that you will make the use of open-source software a key component of every new technology initiative the United States government enters into during your presidency.”
via Open letter to Obama: Uncle Sam should go open source – Ars Technica.
In a pre-emptive strike, the street artist Shepard Fairey filed a lawsuit on Monday against The Associated Press, asking a federal judge to declare that he is protected from copyright infringement claims in his use of a news photograph as the basis for a now ubiquitous campaign poster image of President Obama.
via Artist Files Lawsuit Against The Associated Press Over Image of Obama – NYTimes.com.
(Just) Before we departed from Wednesday night’s Diversity class, Dr. Ebo asked us to do some research to answer the questions below on Lilly Ledbetter,
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and to define the key ideas in the case. He suggested that this would begin to help us find good resources with which to research current events, and so I have.
Who is Lilly Ledbetter? Lilly Ledbetter was a GoodYear worker who sued the company for sexual discrimination when she discovered that she was not being paid equally compared to her male counterparts in the same positions. She won the case initially, and then it was overturned because she brought the case after she was no longer with the company and outside of the statute of limitations of 180 days.
What is the case about? It’s about equal pay for equal work and concerns this society’s differential vision of gender and worth.
What does the law signed by President Obama provide? It provides a heap of changes to existing laws, most notably the civil rights act, but very specifically, it says that while discriminatory paychecks continue at the company as a practice, the statute of limitations is extended for people like Ledbetter.
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Rider tech training poster 2009
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It’s kind of interesting to think about how this image came to be: The AP Image of Obama was snapped and published, which inspired Shepard Fairey to do a treatment of it that became the iconic representative image of Obama’s campaign, which inspired me to use it for my own purposes, namely advertising technology training opportunities at Rider University. The ability for each of us along the line to use what came before as a forking point is key to each iteration of the idea. Fairey was apparently arrested this week, by the way.