The Blogger from Tomorrow (Part II)

The Blogger from Tomorrow (Part II)

Ceci est le billet 2 sur 2 dans la série The Blogger from Tomorrow

Version en français. Read the first part of the interview. I’m still facing Max, the famous blogger who is trying to gently lead the conversation towards politics. Innocently, I ask him: Why the European elections? Because that year was a clear breakthrough for the Pirate Party. For years, the Pirate Party had been facing a […]

My 2014 Terra Incognita

My 2014 Terra Incognita

2014 just started and already proved to be a challenging year. First thing, I will have to find or create a new job. After 3 years having the luck of managing open source projects at Lanedo, I’m leaving the company. This is an opportunity for me to try something new, to get out of my […]

Louis Michel Affair: Lobbies Switch From Influencing To Directly Writing European Laws

Louis Michel Affair: Lobbies Switch From Influencing To Directly Writing European Laws

Belgian Member of European Parliament Louis Michel was recently ranked the second worst regarding Data Privacy issues by the LobbyPlag.eu website for submitting 158 amendments that damage online privacy. But Louis Michel had never heard of those amendments. He didn’t even know he submitted them. In Belgium, Louis Michel is a very famous politician who […]

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Tintin And The Copyright Sharks

Tintin And The Copyright Sharks

Tintin, the well-known cartoon adventurous reporter, is something that the creator Hergé wanted to die with him. In this guest piece, Lionel Dricot explains how a British man managed to crush Hergé’s legacy and turn the whole thing into profitable exploitation that is purely hostile to all things artistry, intending to never let the cartoon […]

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The Blogger from Tomorrow (Part I)

The Blogger from Tomorrow (Part I)

Ceci est le billet 1 sur 2 dans la série The Blogger from Tomorrow

Ce texte en français. The sun of this late afternoon shines on the waterfront of this charming Mediterranean resort. I get to the bar where we agreed to meet, recognising him immediately. He’s sitting on the terrace sipping a cocktail. If I’ve seen pictures of him, I was mainly helped by his typical blogger’s uniform: a […]

The First Global Civil War

The First Global Civil War

Manning, Snowden, Assange, Miranda, The Guardian. With each passing day, we receive confirmation of a truth that many would prefer to ignore: we are at war. An undeclared, relatively quiet war, but nonetheless a war. Unlike a conventional war, a civil war has no well defined front, nor belligerents clearly identifiable by the color of […]

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Open Letter to Flight Attendants

Open Letter to Flight Attendants

Dear flight attendant, I’ve printed this letter that I’m handing to you because you are asking me to stop reading during take off or landing. We all know that commercial flying is nowadays full of idiotic rules. The « potentially dangerous bottle of water that you have to throw in a trash can because it contains […]

Exploring Artistic Business Models in the 21st Century

Exploring Artistic Business Models in the 21st Century

Most artists don’t earn any money Being a pirate, I’m often asked: « How would artists earn money if everybody was like you? ». My first answer is that, in general, artists are currently not making any money at all. Only a tiny minority of artists are making a living from their art and, from that minority, […]

The Last GUADEC?

The Last GUADEC?

Last year, during GUADEC, there was that running joke amongst some participants that this was the last GUADEC. It was, of course, a joke. Everybody was expecting to see each other in Brno, in 2013. One year later, most of those who were joking are not coming to GUADEC. For them, the joke became a […]

Flattr’s biggest problem

Flattr’s biggest problem

And how I work around it A few months ago, I tried to convince you to spend 2€ per month to reward the content you like. Lot of people are enthusiastic with Flattr. But there’s a recurring complain that there’s not enough content accepting Flattr. This is a real concern. Flattr was build around a […]