- After Years of Abusive E-mails, the Creator of Linux Steps Aside by Noam Cohen, The New Yorker
- How We’re Making Code of Conduct Enforcement Real — and Scaling it by Emma Irwin
- A Time for Action — Innovating for Diversity & Inclusion in Open Source Communities by Emma Irwin
- #ethicalCS: bring ethics, identity, and impact to Computer Science education by Saber Khan
- Open Source Guide: Building Community
There is no doubt that bringing an education of ethics to computer science education is important to what the future of technology and the future of society will look like. What might be more imperative is structural reform of the technological institutions that are currently in place. The creator<—>consumer relationship is so far from where it needs to be in order to support an environment in which open source is actually open source.
What I mean by this is that while many tech companies and organizations claim open source as part of their ethos they continue to maintain financial independence and therefore power over their contributors and in the end their consumers. Why is this a problem? These said companies get brownie points for sponsoring open source intiatives and accepting contributions from free agent developers but the more people that go to these events and make these contributions the larger the machine of that company gets and the smaller the “user” gets.