Benjamin Mako Hill

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Benjamin Mako Hill
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| birth_place =| death_date =| death_place =| death_cause =SeattleHTTP://MAKO.CC/CONTACT.HTML ACCESSDATE=MARCH 17, 2014 AUTHORLINK= PUBLISHER= LANGUAGE=, | other_names =| known_for =| education =| employer = University of Washington| occupation = Assistant Professor| title =| salary =| networth =| height =| weight =| term =| predecessor =| successor =| party =| boards =| religion =| spouse = Mika Matsuzaki (2006-present)| partner =| children =| parents =| relatives =| signature =weblink}}| footnotes =}}Benjamin Mako Hill (born December 2, 1980){{citation needed|date=November 2014}} is a free software activist,WEB,weblink Lessig, Stallman on 'Open Source' DRM • The Register, hacker, and author. He is a contributor and free software developer as part of the Debian and Ubuntu projects as well as the co-author of three technical manuals on the subject, Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 Bible, The Official Ubuntu Server Book, and The Official Ubuntu Book.Hill is an assistant professor in Communication at the University of Washington,WEB,weblink Hill, Benjamin Mako, University of Washington, February 6, 2014, and serves as a member of the Free Software Foundation board of directors.WEB,weblink FSF - Leadership, July 16, 2007, June 25, 2007, Free Software Foundation,


Hill has a master's degree from the MIT Media Lab and received a PhD in an interdepartmental program involving the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Media Lab. Since fall 2013, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington.WEB,weblink University of Washington, Department of Communication, University of Washington, 10 November 2014, He is also a Fellow at the MIT Center for Civic Media where he coordinates the development of software for civic organizing. He has worked as an advisor and contractor for the One Laptop per Child project. He is a speaker for the GNU Project,WEB,weblink GNU speakers, July 17, 2007, July 17, 2007, Free Software Foundation, and serves on the board of Software Freedom International (the organization that organizes Software Freedom Day). Since 2006 he is married to Mika Matsuzaki, having used mathematically constrained wedding vows at the marriage ceremony.WEB,weblink Hackers' wedding vows based on Pi and Phi - Boing Boing, WEB,weblink Art, Activism and Other Fun Projects :: Benjamin Mako Hill,, October 18, 2011,


{{Third-party|section|date=November 2014}}Since 1999, Hill has been an active member of Debian. He has served as a delegate of the Debian Project Leader, and is a founder and coordinator of Debian Non-Profit,WEB,weblink Non-Profit, Debian, October 18, 2011, a Debian custom distribution designed to fill the needs of small non-profit organizations. In addition he served on the board of Software in the Public Interest from March 2003 until July 2006,WEB,weblink Result for vote regarding new members for the board of directors, July 16, 2007, Akkerman, Wichert, February 22, 2003, WEB,weblink Stepping Down From Software in the Public Interest, Inc., July 16, 2007, Hill, Benjamin, July 5, 2006, serving as the organisation's vice-president from August 2004.WEB,weblink Minutes for August 10th, 2004, July 16, 2007, Graham, David, September 7, 2004,


Hill is also a core developer and founding member of Ubuntu, and continues to be an active contributor to the project.{{citation needed|date=November 2014}} In addition to technical responsibilities, he coordinated the construction of a community around the Ubuntu Project as project "community manager" (later ceding the role to Jono Bacon) during Ubuntu's first year and a half.WEB,weblink Has Ubuntu lost it? Some say Canonical has lost its way. Are they right?, Linton, Susan, July 14, 2013, Tech Radar Pro, Future US, Inc., November 11, 2014, During this period, he worked full-time for Canonical Ltd. Within the Project, he served on the "Community Council" governance board that oversees all non-technical aspects of the project, until October 2011. His work included contributing to a code of conductWEB,weblink 5 years later, 5 ways that Ubuntu has made Linux more human, Paul, Ryan, October 20, 2009, Ars Technica, Condé Nast, November 11, 2014, and diversity statement for the project.WEB,weblink Ubuntu Increasing Its Diversity, Graner, Amber, February 10, 2011, Linux Pro Magazine, Linux New Media USA, November 11, 2014,

Other work

In addition to software development, Hill writes extensively. He has been published in academic books and magazines, newsletters, and online journals,WEB,weblink Google Scholar Citations, November 10, 2014, and Slate Magazine republished one of his blog posts.WEB,weblink Don't use Gmail? Here's how to determine how many of your emails Google may have., November 18, 2014, He is the author of the Free Software Project Management HOWTO, the canonical document on managing FOSS projects, and has published academic work on FOSS from anthropological, sociological, management and software engineering perspectives and has written and spoken about intellectual property, copyright, and collaboration more generally.WEB, Benjamin Mako-Hill on Open Source vs. Free, GPL and Prepping for OSCON,weblink WEB, Penguicon 6.0 -- Penguins in Space!,weblink WEB,weblink Antifeatures: deliberate, expensive product features that no customer wants, Doctorow, Cory, February 5, 2011, Boing Boing, November 11, 2014, He has also studied the sociology of community involvement in web communities, and been widely published and cited about projects like Scratch and Wikipedia.WEB,weblink The contribution conundrum: Why did Wikipedia succeed while other encyclopedias failed?, November 10, 2014, WEB,weblink Wikipedia Editor Threatened With Lawsuit For Participating In Discussion Leading To Deletion Of Entry, November 10, 2014, WEB,weblink What makes a project remixable?, Doctorow, Cory, May 10, 2013, Boing Boing, November 11, 2014, WEB,weblink Study: open source remixing seems to lead to less original work, Steadman, Ian, May 13, 2013,, Conde Nast UK, November 11, 2014, yes,weblink" title="">weblink November 13, 2014, mdy-all, He has talked about these topics publicly, as well as giving a keynote address at 2008 OSCON.WEB,weblink OSCON 2008 talks, November 10, 2014, Hill has worked for several years as a consultant for FOSS projects specializing in coordinating releases of software as free or open software and structuring development efforts to encourage community involvement.WEB,weblink Free Software Project Management HOWTO, November 10, 2014, He spends a significant amount of his time traveling and giving talks on FOSS and intellectual property primarily in Europe and North America.Previous to his current positions, Hill pursued research full-time as a graduate researcher at the MIT Media Laboratory.NEWS, Peek, Stickers, a Pit Bull, and Brussels: A Busy Month for OA, Information Today, yes, Questia Online Library, November 11, 2014, April 1, 2007, Robin,weblink At the lab, he has worked in both the Electronic Publishing and Computing Culture groups on collaborative writing and decision-making software. One project, Selectricity is an award-winning voting tool which received prizes and grants from MTV and Cisco. He was a fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & SocietyWEB,weblink Berkman Center Fellow, November 10, 2014, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and the MIT Center for Civic Media.WEB,weblink MIT Center for Civic Media Fellow, November 10, 2014, MIT Center for Civic Media, He serves on the advisory board of the Wikimedia Foundation,WEB,weblink Advisory Board, July 16, 2007, Beesley, Angela, Devouard, Florence, KIZU, Naoko, Möller, Erik, Dillen, Oscar, Moreau, Nicholas, Kaganer, Paul, Pathoschild, Aprabhala,weblink" title="">weblink June 9, 2007, yes, mdy-all, the advisory council of the Open Knowledge FoundationWEB, Advisory Council,weblinkweblink yes, 14 July 2014, 1 October 2014, and the board of the Free Software Foundation.WEB, Staff and Board,weblink 1 October 2014, He was a founding member of the Ubuntu Community CouncilWEB, Poll Results: Ubuntu Community Council 2009,weblink 1 October 2014, in 2009.


  • Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 Bible {{ISBN|978-0-7645-7644-7}}
  • The Official Ubuntu Server Book {{ISBN|978-0133017533}}
  • The Official Ubuntu Book {{ISBN|978-0-13-243594-9}}



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