Mostly learning in public. I look at the economics and governance of online communities: how we interact with each other, and the artifacts we produce (like software, content, and social media).
I'm currently funded by Protocol Labs and also share a research affiliation with Harvard Kennedy School.
I give grants to people exploring interesting research.
Writing is below. I also publish notes in half-baked form. For future updates, you can sign up for monthly emails, where I publish writing, notes, and anything interesting I've read, or get new posts via RSS.
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I’m often asked about the role of licenses in open source: e.g. would a commercial license help pay maintainers for their work? I figured I should write a quick post summarizing my thoughts.
I’ve enjoyed playing a game called Avalon recently. I won’t go too far into the rules, but it’s a hidden role game in the vein of Secret Hitler or Werewolf, where one team is “good”, trying to uncover who among them is “evil”, before the evil team wins.
In 1961, Jane Jacobs published The Death and Life of Great American Cities as a reaction to the rosy glow of 1950s urban planning policy, which she felt had become a self-serving discipline, largely divorced from reality.