Call for Participation
I’m helping organize a book titled “The Cost of Freedom” in honor of Bassel Khartabil, a contributor to numerous free/open knowledge projects worldwide and in Syria, where he’s been a political prisoner since 2012, missing and in grave danger since October 3. You can read about Bassel at https://www.eff.org/offline/bassel-khartabil, https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/10/08/bassel-missing-syria/, https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/MDE24/2603/2015/en/, and lots more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassel_Khartabil and http://freebassel.org/
We’re also asking people like yourself who have been fighting in the trenches of various free knowledge movements (culture, software, science, etc.) to contribute brief essays for inclusion in the book. One form an essay might take is a paragraph on each of:
- An issue you’ve faced that was challenging to you in your freeknowledge work, through the lens on “cost”; perhaps a career or timeopportunity cost, or the cost of dealing with unwelcoming or worseparticipants, or the cost of “peeling off layer upon layer theproprietary way of life” as put in
- How you addressed this challenge, or perhaps have yet to do socompletely
- Advice to someone starting out in free knowledge; perhaps along thelines of had you understood the costs, what would you have donedifferently
But feel free to be maximally creative within the theme. We don’t have a minimum or a maximum required length for contributed essays, but especially do not be shy about concision or form. If all we get is haiku that might be a problem, or there might be a message in that of some sort.
Other details: The book will be PUBLISHED on Nov 6. We need your contribution no later than Nov 5 at 11:00 UTC (Paris: noon; New York: 6AM; Tokyo: 9PM) to be included. The book will be released under CC0; giving up the “right” to sue anyone for any use whatsoever of your contribution is a cost of entry…or one of those proprietary layers to be peeled back. Send contributions to [email protected]
Feel free to share this with other people who you know have something to say on this topic. We’re especially looking for voices underrepresented in free knowledge movements.
p.s. Please spread the word about #freebassel even if you can’t contribute to the book!