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Authority and Freedom: OpenSource

Posted by Simon on June 1, 2010

The relationship between authority (or structure) and freedom is a theme I’m sure to return to frequently.

Today I received an email from a colleague about The WebM Project . The launch of this project was supported by Mozilla, Opera, Adobe, Google and many other publishers, software and hardware vendors. No Apple? Quelle surprise.

“WebM is an open, royalty-free, media file format designed for the web.”
“WebM defines the file container structure, video and audio formats.”

And there is

“The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in.
“One of our most important activities is as a standards body, maintaining the Open Source Definition for the good of the community.”

Overall I think these are great initiatives. The point I want to make here is simply that the very freedom and openness being sought by these communities are enabled by maintaining authority and control.

Tis a paradoxical fish, to be sure.


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