I mistakenly thought I included Stallman’s email response in the blog post. Since I did not, I included an excerpt of his response in 2015 here, when I reached out in the aftermath of the Bukkit GPL / DMCA fiasco.
I do not ignore, but I consider the impact of my words and actions while also remaining true to my own values and beliefs. I choose not to center RMS because I do not believe his continued presence as a leader is moving us forward as a movement. I think his visible presence on the FSF Board of Directors harms Free Software advocacy globally.
I do not believe RMS is an effective leader of the Free Software movement. I believe we deserve better from people who have a great moral responsibility of representing and advocating for the commons and the community.
If my belief that RMS should not remain in a position of leadership in 2021 is considered “cancel culture,” then so be it. I hold a core personal belief that RMS is not an effective leader, and instead of arguing about whether or not he is, I think we have more productive conversations by not centering him all the time.
When can we go back to talking about copyleft and the goals of the Software Freedom movement? I think the OSI is in a good place to be a leader in these conversations. It is a reason why I am running.
I do. That is another reason I am running. The United Nations doesn’t fully comprehend what “Open Source” means. I don’t want UNICEF or another UN agency to write their own definition of Open Source either, but that is not something I have much control or a say over. Yet it does not feel effective to write a similar thing to what has already existed for 23 years.
If a UN agency goes ahead and writes their own definition of Open Source… what does that mean for everyone else who has already used the phrase “Open Source” with a specific meaning for 23 years?
I hear you. This is where the Digital Public Goods work fits into the puzzle:
The problems you point out are some of the same problems I have in my mind. We have different viewpoints on how to accomplish them, or at least in how to discover new solutions to these existential problems.
In my candidacy for the OSI Board of Directors, this is the perspective I want to bring. I want to bring the experiences, wisdom, and observations I have made at UNICEF into the conversation. I also want to bring a learning mind, in order to grow and better understand from others who have been at this a lot longer than me.