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Who are your tech heroes?

Thursday, May 14, 2009 by Dave Winer.

This question came up in a conference call earlier today and I thought it would be useful to open it up publicly. Permalink to this paragraph

Here's how to decide: Permalink to this paragraph

1. Someone who has made largely selfless contributions to open technology -- i.e. tech that people can reuse without limits or fees. Examples would be BitTorrent or HTTP. Permalink to this paragraph

2. Someone who you think would "do the right thing" whatever that is, most of the time. That is, someone you trust. Permalink to this paragraph

3. Other criteria? Permalink to this paragraph

Caveat: No one is perfect. You're not saying your hero is a saint. Their contribution could have been amends for past mistakes. It should be someone who has made a major contribution without asking for much in return. Permalink to this paragraph

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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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