For all the new fedizens and all those of us that want fedi to be stronger in the face of the #BigTech onslaught I recommend (re)watching @darius talk at the #ActivityPub Conference in 2020.

"Let's play and win our own game!"

And it has broader applicability. I responded to @csddumi on the idea to "Unionize Free Software" where these strategies can be very well applied to #FOSS movement as a whole.

@humanetech @darius @csddumi

Unions strike me as inherently antithetical to open source. Would you need union approval to submit a PR? Sounds like a nightmare. I will read your arguments though!

@rq @humanetech @darius

Nothing of the dort - it's about having a say in the development of the industry that is proportional to our part in it.

Today free software is controlled by a few companies in:
- how it's developed
- how it's sustained
- how successful it is.

They can pick winners and loser s by choosing the software they put on their stores, packaging services, promote and support in their FOSS funding projects.

@rq @humanetech @darius

And a union should serve as a counterweight by:

- negotiating with big tech
- promoting member projects
- protecting them from license violations, exploitation and abuse
- supporting member projects

@rq @humanetech @darius

And in it's simplest form it would be a group of developers and maintainers agreeing to support each other on a case-by-case basis and contracting lawyers or starting other measures if needed.


@csddumi @rq @humanetech "guild" might be a more technically accurate term (in a US law context) than union. I know @garbados has done a lot of thinking/writing on software dev guilds

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@darius @csddumi @rq @humanetech yes, greetings fellow computer-touchers

for those curious, i have two essays about labor power in software:

- Regarding why software is so bad (or, why we must organize)

- Structural Advantages for Software Developers to Leverage and Destroy (or, how we can organize)

hope you find them illuminating!

@garbados @darius @csddumi @rq

> hope you find them illuminating!

Oh yes! Excited by them. You touch on some of the same reasons we are working on SocialCoding: recognition that coding is mostly a social effort, where so many FOSS get mired into technical considerations and their focus turns inward.

Idea of is to explore the entire Free Software Development Lifecycle (FSDL), to find the Challenges, and matching Best-practices and Tools. And to wield the fedi in that.

@garbados @darius @csddumi @rq

I have added a bunch of notes to the topic inspired by your blog posts. Found them very elightening and placing the finger on some sore spots in our communities that must be addressed.

I'd invite any participant on this thread if they want, to leave reactions and feedback on the various topics of the "Discuss Social Coding" forum, or create new ones.

And like to point to our matrix-based Foundations chatroom at:

@darius @rq @humanetech @garbados I didn't know guilds existed in the US, still.

European guilds have (I believe) evolved into cooperatives or Genossenschaften (dt.).

And union I find more telling a term, because it shows the capital vs. labour fight they have to engage with (capital being Big Tech and the industry as a whole).

But guild works too.

@rq @darius @csddumi @humanetech gonna be rude for a sec and say, it kinda seems like you skipped the rest of the thread bud

@rq @darius @humanetech @garbados

it really isn't.

As I explained in my first response on this thread, I believe it is unacceptable that a few handouts by #BigTech to compensate some #FOSS #Developers for their efforts should not be the most we demand as a community from #BigTech (only those that developed the most high profile tools and dedicated the largest amount of their free time toward development of a single project).

@rq @darius @humanetech @garbados

#FOSS is at least as significant a factor in #BigTech success as their brilliant ideas, #VCFunding and #proprietary #software.

And this should mean that #FOSS deserves more than that a few will be rewarded. It means we should have decision-making power in software development; how it is organized, what it is used for and what is being developed and receives success.

Those kinds of transformations can only take place if #FOSS developers band together.

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