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Wednesday, June 19 2019

Preserving freedom in an automated decision making world

In April 2018, during the LLW Workshop in Barcelona, I had the great pleasure to participate in a workshop organised by Andy Wilson, and focused on understanding how the core values and principles of freedom conveyed by the original Free Software movement can be carried over to the 21st century. The lively discussion that ensued led to interesting results, that it is of general interest to share broadly, especially now that awareness is raising about the issues that lie behind the explosive interest in Machine Learning and AI. Here are the notes that I wrote to sum up the results of the discussion.

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Wednesday, October 14 2015

Reprenons nos droits sur nos articles scientifiques

On a été alertés par divers moyens (CNRS, bibliothèques, listes de diffusions, etc.) de l'importance de réagir à la proposition de loi dite "numérique" qui, pour une première fois, est en cours de commentaire public. L'article qui touche le plus directement l'activité de recherche est le n. 9, intitule solennellement "Libre accès aux publications scientifiques de la recherche publique". J'ai déposé sur la plateforme un amendement à ce texte, que je n'accepte pas en l'état, pour les raisons que j'explique dans la suite.

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Saturday, December 31 2011

Combo-economics at work in Argentina, or how to get a cheap Big Mac thanks to The Economist

Traveling in Argentina, I happened to stop by a MacDonalds. That might seem a silly thing to do in a country where you can have a fantastic piece of prime grilled beef for the price of a typical, lousy Mac combo, but I was just looking for a quick coffee on the route. It turned out that the highly overpriced cup of coffee was lousy too, but the day was not completely lost: I just found out another mind boggling example of the creativity of the people in this country. Bear with me for this short journey from a MacDonalds to finance mangling...

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