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Stephen Downes

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The same sort of argument could be made with respect to the creation of open content and open educational resources. Almost nobody makes a living producing these. Yet they are of significant value to society. So - goes the argument - any mechanism that can be found to pay people to produce open resources is a good thing. "Yes, all of the mechanisms are flawed in some way, but that's because the world is flawed, and it's not the fault of the people taking money. Yelling at maintainers who've found a way to make a living is wrong." I am mostly in support of this argument (after all, I ask, what would do to make a living if I didn't have a good job?). It's a good article and worth reading in its entirely. Via Ben Werdmuller.

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