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Tuesday, October 8 • 11:00am - 11:45am
Unconference 4 Topic Seed: OSS as Critical Digital Infrastructure: Legal Technologies and Institutional Design

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Our hypothesis is that the legal regime governing the development and use of open source software contributes significantly to the under-supply of critical digital infrastructure maintenance. In our project we seek to develop creative readjustments of ‘legal technologies’ and adapted or novel institutional designs (e.g. entities such as fiduciary trusts, ‘global digital infrastructure maintenance hubs’) in close coordination with interested participants in open source software work.  The project will explore legal devices and institutions to best support open source elements of digital infrastructure, reflexively with rigorous examination of problems of open source software creation, release, and maintenance. This requires close interaction with the digital infrastructure ecosystems and the diverse range of stakeholders, interests and incentives as well as understanding of values and core commitments in the open source communities. The inherently global nature of OSS as digital infrastructure likely necessitates the creation of non-jurisdiction bound “legal technologies” and institutions, which raise special issues of law and governance and pose distinctive opportunities and challenges for the transnational open source software development communities. We would like to use this roundtable to engage with participants at Maintainers III to exchange ideas and to learn about maintenance of different kinds of OSS in practice, especially transnationally. For more information about our work check www.guariniglobal.org and follow us @guariniglobal

Tuesday October 8, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am EDT
5AB (2nd Floor)