Dirk Riehle's Industry and Research Publications

Category: 4. Society-at-large

  • A simple fun example of how a computer reads intent wrong

    A simple fun example of how a computer reads intent wrong

    I read an article about India and wanted to know how much money “2 lakh” is in Euro. The search engine responded as follows:

  • Whose open source freedom is it anyway?

    Whose open source freedom is it anyway?

    It is 2021 and there is still a lot of fighting about “freedom” in open source software development. Here is an analytical breakdown of the issues. Freedom can refer to people or artifacts (source code). When it refers to people, it is typically freedom of choice regarding what to do. There are three main roles…

  • Funding universal basic income with rent from your data

    Funding universal basic income with rent from your data

    A person’s universal basic income (UBI) is income that this person is guaranteed to receive whatever their living circumstances. The income should allow the person to have a humane life, i.e. pay for food and housing, healthcare and so forth. One concern is that UBI may be too costly. Most assume that UBI will paid…

  • Open Source and Public Policy (Slides)

    Open Source and Public Policy (Slides)

    In this talk, I explain the significance of the software industry for a country’s economy and how to strengthen it using open source. It is directed at public policy makers and the general public. This is the slide deck of a previously posted video. The deck is also available as a PDF for download.

  • Open Source and Public Policy (Video)

    Open Source and Public Policy (Video)

    In this short video, I explain the significance of the software industry for a country’s economy and how to strengthen it using open source. It is directed at public policy makers and the general public. Next to the Youtube embed, there is also an ad-free version courtesy of FAU, my main employer, as well as…

  • Open Source im Blickpunkt der Politik (Video, in German)

    Open Source im Blickpunkt der Politik (Video, in German)

    In diesem kurzen Video erkläre ich die Bedeutung der Softwareindustrie für die Wirtschaft eines Landes und wie Open-Source-Software diese stärken kann. Es richtet sich an Public-Policy-Maker und alle interessierten Personen. Die englische Version dieses Videos folgt; die Folien wurden vom FAU Sprachdienst aus dem Englischen ins Deutsche übersetzt (und von mir nachkorrigiert). Neben obigem Youtube…