HANOVER, GERMANY - MARCH 06: A robot developed by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology retrieves a carton of juice in a presentation on the first day of the CeBIT 2012 technology trade fair on March 6, 2012 in Hanover, Germany. CeBIT 2012, the world's largest information technology trade fair, will run from March 6-10, and advances in cloud computing and security are major features this year. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
HANOVER, GERMANY - MARCH 05: German Chancellor Angela Merkel glances at a video monitor prior to a live hook-up with astronaut Andre Kuipers on the ISS space station at the opening ceremony of the CeBIT 2012 technology trade fair on March 5, 2012 in Hanover, Germany. CeBIT 2012, the world's largest information technology trade fair, will run from March 6-10, and advances in cloud computing and security are major features this year. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
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Today the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative is pleased to announced James Vasile as the director of the Open Internet Tools Project.
James is a recognized expert on Free and Open Source Software and has long experience challenging the structural, security and privacy barriers that hinder free communication between people. He also directs the FreedomBox Foundation, a project devoted to building small, low-cost computers that protect people's privacy, security and anonymity while they use the Internet. His FreedomBox work has been recognized by an Innovation Award at Contact Summit 2011, as well as an Ashoka ChangeMaker's award for Citizen's Media. James co-founded Open Source Matters, the non-profit behind the Joomla CMS package that each day helps tens of millions of people talk to each other all over the world. James is a partner at Open Tech Strategies, a consultancy that advises organizations and businesses as they navigate the open source world. He is a Senior Fellow at the Software Freedom Law Center, where he advises free software projects on a wide range of strategic issues. James holds a JD from Columbia Law School and a BA from Fordham College. He has contributed code and documentation to several free software projects.
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Canonical isn’t exactly carrying any real load outside of what it produces for itself. Canonical has never sponsored or even contributed heavily to a major upstream project that’s consumed by the rest of the community that I can think of. Canonical depends on GCC, the Linux kernel, much of the GNOME infrastructure (but famously, not GNOME Shell), Python, GNU utilities, and so forth. But how much do they actually contribute to those projects? Fantastically little.