Louis Suárez-Potts is a *Community Strategist for Age of Peers, where he works on open source strategy and development. Previously, Suárez-Potts led community strategy at Age of Peers, Inc., a marketing and management consultancy he cofounded. And before that, while at CollabNet, Sun, and then Oracle, he helped to coordinate and promote the International OpenOffice.org Project.
Suárez-Potts is currently working on a study analyzing the effects on open source of corporate sponsorship and management. After testing many other cities, Suárez-Potts is now trying to live in Toronto.
Open source in the developed world has been shaped by the interests and ambitions of large corporations since at least 2000.
The difference now is that it's harder to imagine (and then act on) open source outside the corporate march. But hasn't this been the case in developing regions? In these, economic free choice is elusive. What then constitutes open source in practice outside the rich North? I don't pretend to answer this vast question here, as open source reflects the local environment. Rather, I would focus on instances that go some way to answering, Quo vadis open source?
Title: Community Strategist
Organization: Age of Peers, Inc.