Forking Pop Culture and Remixing Code: Where Open Movements Intersect

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 1:30 – 2:15pm in B204


Creative open culture communities operate in many of the same ways as open source communities and share many of the same principles. How are fan writers like open source contributors? What can hackers learn from remixers (and vice versa)? And what happens when creative communities start building open source projects to support their own work?


As one of the lead developers of the volunteer-built Archive of Our Own project for the last six years, I’ve had a lot of experience with writing and using open source code to support a vibrant creative community in the open culture realm, and I’ve been fascinated by the similar processes and dynamics in the two spaces, especially given the way that women’s communities online tend to be overlooked and undervalued. What can we learn from the comparison? What kind of crossover do we see in projects that exist at the intersection of open source and open culture? How are different communities innovating, and how can we potentially innovate together?

Topics covered will include:

  • How open communities grow (and decay)
  • Models of creation and contribution
  • Different types of gift economies and the ups and downs of unpaid labor
  • Attitudes towards intellectual property and licensing
  • The politics of popularity and criticism
  • Systems of peer review
  • The importance of passion in our work, and how we sustain it


open culture

Speaking experience

First time speaking in a formal conference environment!