Every university should be home to an open source development project

Such a simple idea, and a decade from now it will seem so obvious — in hindsight — but today it isn’t common practice.

At university we teach students the arrogance that they have acquired all the skills they need to compete in the real world. As if that were enough.

We must learn to create systems that have lasting value, work for real human beings, software that creates freedom instead of consuming it.

Software that embodies the values of the academy.

In other words we can do even better than teach students how to create commercial quality software.

We must, if our species is to have a chance.

I could write a dozen blog posts about how this will work, but let’s just do it.


About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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