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Sunil Abraham: The State is Back!

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
In Berlin
Host
avatar Sunil Abraham Guest

The State is Back! — Thats how Sunil Abraham begins today’s conversation on society, the internet and free knowledge. What is a movement to do when it can no longer rely on governments or corportations to defend people’s privacy and rights… listen to the Executive Director of the Center for Internet and Society – and find out!

Ladies That FOSS

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Julia Schuetze Guest
avatar Michael Henretti Guest

(Episode 41) On the last Sunday of October 2016 a group of curious and inspired people got together at Wikimedia Deutschland in Berlin for Ladies That FOSS; an open source hack event aimed primarily at women who want to join a free and open source software (FOSS) project but don’t know where to start.  Source Code Berlin was there to listen and observe, a unique experience that we’re excited to share with you in podcast form. So sit back, press play, and listen to  participants talking about what they’re passionate about in the world of software and programming as well as their experience and wishes when it comes to the gender gap in the tech industry.

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Source Code Berlin’s Valentine is Free Software

Only one year is Source Code Berlin old and it has already fallen in love – with Free Software.

ilovefs-heart-small-enSeveral occasions manifested that love in 2015 and to keep the spark going. Thus we wanted to use this occasion – today’s International Day of Free Software – to recap why we fell in love with it last year.  

The year started off with meeting free culture enthusiast and Wikidata Project Manager Lydia Pintscher who got us hooked on Free Software with her passionate talk about how it can empower users. Free Software also went mainstream with companies picking up on the trend but Lydia noted that as commercial interest grows, the important aspects of Free Software that it cannot just be used but is rather an ongoing project of a community shall not be compromised by the new development as companies might only interested in the power of users as a side effect.

We also learned how others got hooked by Free Software. Kathleen Danielson shared with us her first experience with it as she was in university. She discovered new social networks which were “fascinating because they created different ways for people to interact with each other.” This together learning aspect helped her to meet friends who were already deeply involved in Free Software communities and would introduce her to different ideas about open source, free culture and why it is important. Ultimately it became important to her.

Then we met Jan Lenhardt from hood.ie, the web server for your app who believes in the open web which relies on Free Software heavily. Sam Muirhead then took this idea even further and introduced us to the idea of  an open source circular economy. In this context Free Software can be the starting point of an economy of open source. Major institutions are already bandwagoning on the idea and starting using Free Software, a good example being Munich.

Thus the future looks bright for Free Software. We are looking forward to meet more Free Software folks this year. Thank you to all the contributors and keep the spark going!

Listen back to the episodes:

Beyond Poor and Sexy Berlin with Lydia Pintscher

Gender, Community and Identity in Open Source with Kathleen Danielson

Databases, Javascript, and Society: Unlikely Heroes and Personal Convictions with Jan Lehnardt

Sam Muirhead on Video, Clothing and Circular Economics with Sam Muirhead

Free Knowledge and Game Design

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Thorsten S. Wiedemann Guest
avatar Carmen Guest
avatar Lucie Guest
avatar Helen Hahn Guest

Game_JamGame Jam: a concept that brings together game designers and game enthusiasts for anywhere between 24 and 72 hours with the purpose of planning, designing and creating a game. Since they started more than a decade ago, Game Jams have been going on regularly, all over the world often with specific themes.

Recently at Wikimedia Deutschland in Berlin, there was the Free Knowledge Game Jam; where participants were  challenged to create a game that makes use of publicly accessible free and open licensed data and/or tools. A concept with far reaching impact, not only for game makers but for society as a whole.
Today on the program, we’re walking around the Free Knowledge Game Jam learning about these talented participants and their unique projects.

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Apps for Navigating Berlin

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Andreas Schildbach Guest
avatar Torsten Grote Guest

In a city like Berlin, there are of course specific apps that people like to use in their daily lives to help find information and learn things. Today on the program we’re looking at essential Berlin apps, with a focus on the ones that help you get around, with help from two developers who are very much pioneers in that world, Andreas Schildbach and Torsten Grote. This was also the week where we asked you the listeners about your app choices for Berlin life, and we will hear what some had to say. Its the Berlin transport apps episode.. take a listen.

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How Improv Theater makes me a better developer by Mirko Fichtner

This Tech Talk is about an exciting and new connection – Theater and Software Development.

At EnthusiastiCon 2015 Mirko Fichtner showed how principles of Improvisational Theater relate to Software Development. Prominent examples are the aspect of receiving feedback from the audience or the element of positivity, for example when an actor acts out something that the idea is taken up by all other actors on stage in return. He uses these examples as metaphors to explain his programming experience.  “Impro theater comes out of nothing and turns into magic, just like programming,” he concludes.

Aeron Buchanan “The World Computer”

This Tech Talk Friday is as timely as it can be. Just a day after the Ethereum team elaborated on their launch plan in a recent blog post, Source Code brings to you a presentation about Ethereum, the World Computer, in which Aeron Buchanan explains and showcases some main elements of the project. Buchanan touches upon the reality of the World Computer covering topics like its decentralised organisation, open source software and encrypted graphic identity.

 

Going Up the Down Escalator: Paul Adams on Moving to Berlin

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Paul Adams Guest

With each passing year thousands upon thousands of people from all over the world have moved their lives to Berlin in persuit of some goal or dream. The phenomenon is well known and often discussed, but the requirements of that move; the unexpected obstacles that people face in the persuit of that dream, that story is one you rarely hear about in detail. Today on the program we hear from Free Software Company Director and Community Manager Paul Adams, who’s the first to admit that there have been times where he had to run up the down escalator and overcome some very bizarre circumstances on the road to becoming a Berliner.
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Beyond Poor and Sexy Berlin

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
Host
avatar Marcel Krueger
Guest
avatar Lydia Pintscher
Guest

Welcome to the first episode of Source Code Berlin, a new podcast project from Wikimedia Deutschland. Our goal is to better understand the talented, creative, and driven Berliners, especially in the world of open culture projects and open source programming. Who are they? What do they do? Why are they here? The big questions on the road to understanding what seems to have become a global phenomenon. Photo 27-09-14 14 04 14

Today we start with the long view, the observations of writer, journalist and historian Marcel Krueger.

Then we move indoors and get more specific, a look into the world of Wikimedia Deutschland with help from free culture enthusiast and Wikidata Project Manager Lydia Pintscher, as we explore some specific projects and how they connect with the big picture.

Additional music on this episode includes: Hungaria by Latché Swing