Keynote: Can open technology, society, and culture remove barriers to human sharing and create a thriving commons-based future?
We are posting a series of Loomio discussions about sessions and talks coming up at the conference, so participants can have a chance to discuss the topics, ask questions, and interact with the presenters.
Libraries have long been seen as the gatekeepers to knowledge, can they truly live up to this promise when they use proprietary software, riddled with DRM provisions? If we free Libraries, can we flow this on into archives, galleries and museums? If we want an open society, our cultural institutions must be open too. What if the gate keepers opened their gates?
Christopher Cormack has a BSc in Computer Science and a BA in Mathematics and Māori Studies. While working for Katipo Communications he was the lead developer of the original version of Koha, which went live at Horowhenua Library Trust on January 5, 2000. Since then he has served various roles in the community: Release manager, QA manager and Translation manager. He is the elected release maintainer for 3.18. Christopher currently works for Catalyst IT in Wellington. Christopher believes in Free Software and allowing users the freedom to innovate.