Why “Free Software” is better than “Open Source” – GNU Project – Free Software Foundation (FSF)

For the Open Source movement, the issue of whether software should be open source is a practical question, not an ethical one. As one person put it, “Open source is a development methodology; free software is a social movement.” For the Open Source movement, non-free software is a suboptimal solution. For the Free Software movement, non-free software is a social problem and free software is the solution. –Why “Free Software”…

Facebook competition fury after Nissan Australia awards prize to social media staffer’s ‘BFF’

AUTOMAKER Nissan Australia was trying to put the brakes on a social media backlash today after handing out a car as top prize in a Facebook competition to a friend of the employee managing the contest. The PR disaster came only a day after iconic national airline Qantas experienced a similarly negative reaction when it tried to gain some positive social networking buzz with a Twitter competition — and badly…

Epic fail for Qantas Twitter competition

Qantas on Tuesday invited users of the micro-blogging site to enter a “Qantas Luxury” competition, asking people to describe their “dream luxury in-flight experience” and possibly win a pair of Qantas first-class pyjamas and a toiletries kit. The timing of the PR exercise was questionable, coming just a day after Qantas and its unions broke off contract negotiations and after Qantas grounded its fleet in late October, a drastic move…

Teaching in Compressed Formats

This is the first moment I’ve had in months to think a bit about my upcoming 3-week online course, “Video Game Culture and Theory.” The class went well the last time I offered it, though there is always room for improvement. Best practices include deconstructing single longer assignments into frequent shorter assignments, scheduling the first assignment early in the course in order to have students start immediately, and requiring an…

Facebook is gaslighting the web. We can fix it. – Anil Dash

Now, we’ve shown that Facebook promotes captive content on its network ahead of content on the web, prohibits users from bringing open content into their network, warns users not to visit web content, and places obstacles in front of visits to web sites even if they’ve embraced Facebook’s technologies and registered in Facebook’s centralized database of sites on the web. Fortunately, the overwhelming majority of web users visit Facebook through…