"Count what is countable. Measure what is measureable. What is not measureable, make measureable." -- Galileo

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Plone and Human Rights

I thought I'd give a plug tonight to Tom Moroz from the Open Society Institute (OSI--not to be confused with the Open Source Initiative). He presented at Plone 2007 and was summarized in Maurits van Rees blog. To reiterate the key elements in common of both open source and open society are:
  • Knowledge is provisional and fallible. You have to check it. You have to be able to check it. An open source release is not going to be perfect in the first release. That release brings more people to the software and they check how good the software/knowledge is.
  • Responsiveness: fix reported bugs quickly. Get a deep understanding of the problem and then fix it, which is the same in open society.
  • Transparency: the code is open or the information is open. We publish numbers of how much is being spent where to rebuild Iraq.
  • Pluralistic and multi-cultural. We respect minorities. (Plone cares about internationalisation, ed.)
  • High degree of responsibility. The individual should interpret her value. No-one is forcing anyone to do anything. You feel responsible anyway. You are involved and want to be a good member of the community.
  • Freedom and human rights are at the foundation.
  • Social mobility and a matter of openness. It does not matter where you come from.

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