19 April 2006

The Euston Manifesto

After the right espousing open source and related open goodness yesterday, today we have the left. More specifically, we have something called The Euston Manifesto (via Compromiso Social por la Ciencia). This may sound a bit like an Ealing Comedy, but it includes the following rather surprising paragraph:

14) Open source.
As part of the free exchange of ideas and in the interests of encouraging joint intellectual endeavour, we support the open development of software and other creative works and oppose the patenting of genes, algorithms and facts of nature. We oppose the retrospective extension of intellectual property laws in the financial interests of corporate copyright holders. The open source model is collective and competitive, collaborative and meritocratic. It is not a theoretical ideal, but a tested reality that has created common goods whose power and robustness have been proved over decades. Indeed, the best collegiate ideals of the scientific research community that gave rise to open source collaboration have served human progress for centuries.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for linking to and quoting us. I have submitted this story to Slashdot and await the deluge eagerly and nervously. (Perhaps you could give them a nudge as well if you have a user account there---I don't want the slashdotting to happen while I'm asleep.)

Glyn Moody said...

Thank you (collectively) for recognising the importance of open source - and the other opens: let's hope the rest of the world gets it soon...

Alas, nudges are pretty ineffectual when it comes to that strange collective, er, intelligence that is Slashdot, which tends to do what it tends to do.