Start Date: 
29 Oct 2009
Partner Organizations: 
Not An Alternative

What do we mean by 'freedom'? Should Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) necessarily be powered by radical politics of ownership and collaboration? Or is the latching of "Free Software" ideological baggage limiting the full transformative power of "Open Source". How are these questions informed by licenses? Are some licenses more open than others? More ethical than others? This emotional debate has been in the heart of FLOSS from its early days and has created camps and animosities within the community.

Upgrade! NY continues its program series on open source as it relates to activism and creative practice. Join us for a discussion and debate on what constitutes freedom within the Open Source and Free Culture movements. We will examine the strong ideological differences through a provocative panel discussion with Gabriella Coleman and Zachary Lieberman.

People: Gabriella Coleman, Zachary Lieberman
Research: Open Culture
Tags: open culture, Upgrade!
Partner Organizations: Not An Alternative

DJ Ripley

Upgrade! NY
September 3, 2009

Upgrade! NY continues its series on open source as it relates to activism and creative practice with a conversation between Larisa Mann and Karl Fogel followed by a DJ set by Larisa Mann (aka DJ Ripley). The discussion will examine how Jamaican music has developed in the absence of an effective copyright regime, how technological and social conditions affect the music and musicians, and then will compare this to the open source movement today. They’ll look at how changes in technology and social convention affect music, software, and culture in general.

Valerie Guinn

Valerie works with Paul Amitai on the Upgrade! NY archive.

Eyebeam CV
Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray - Window Farm

Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray - Window Farm

Summerschool @ Night

Thurs., July 23, 6:30PM

Projects: /REV/, Instructables, Make Magazine, Window Farms
People: Billy Gordon, Marisa Jahn, Rebecca Bray and Britta Riley
Research: Education, Sustainability
Tags: summer school, Summer School @ Night, Upgrade!

Mouse Miles

Dublin based artist Jonah Brucker-Cohen reviewed his work revolving around the theme of “Deconstructing Network” both physical and online.

Jonah Brucker-Cohen discussed some of his projects that attempt to challenge accepted notions of network interaction from networked software hacks and rule-based systems to translating virtual processes and conventions into the physical world.


As an introduction to our Upgrade New York year theme we are excited to announce this month’s speaker, Clay Shirky. Clay will discuss the concepts of fork and failure in the open source process and will open them to discussion in the context of activism and the creative process.

Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky



The eteam (Franziska Lamprecht and Hajoe Moderegger) for Upgrade! New York’s August event.

eteam will discuss the construction of alternate realities via audience participation (intentional or unintentional) within their various projects. In addition, a special guest and a performance/game will set the scene for vibrant dialogue.


Kriegspiel screenshot

Kriegspiel screenshot

Upgrade! New York celebrates its 10th anniversary with a reception, video screening, and presentations by Upgrade alumni.


We are pleased to announce that The Upgrade! New York is now co-produced in collaboration with Brooklyn-based activist organization Not An Alternative, and will focus on topics related to open source activist and creative practices for the upcoming year.

This month’s gathering takes place at Not An Alternative’s storefront gallery space, The Change You Want To See, and features a talk and video screening from the September 2007 Monk protests, known as the Saffron Revolution, in which mobile phones and the internet allowed protesters to coordinate and publicize the largest protests seen in a generation.

Co-presented by Not An Alternative and Digital Democracy

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