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Re: [libertarian-349] Freedom and mapping

From: user 8.
Sent on: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 11:23 AM
On Mar 24, 2009, at 11:06 PM, David S. Lynn wrote:
> I went to the cloudmade website and it said the meeting is at
> TechSuperPowers (I've been there quite  few times) but on
> SATURDAY. Your e-mail (below) says Sunday.

It's both days.  Dunno why the website doesn't list both days.  I'll  
have words with them.
>  what you're doing
> that could enlighten me on Mapping and Libertarian stuff.

Well, I see it like this:  you could whine about our dismal electoral  
results (and in spite of being the best third party, they ARE dismal),  
you could take steps to replace proprietary monopoly solutions with  
competitive free-market solutions.  A lot of the reason why people say  
"oh, you libertarians, you're so unrealistic" is because they don't  
see free markets working.  Well, we can do that -- and without needing  
to win elections.

OpenStreetMap is a way of bringing down a dupoly (Navteq, owned by  
Nokia, and Teleatlas, owned by TomTom) and replacing it with many  
smaller companies competing to provide services over a public data set  
maintained by individuals with a love of maps.

> On Mar 24, 2009, at 7:32 PM, Russ Nelson wrote:
>> Hi. I'm a libertarian from Northern New York.  It's my job to help
>> teach people about freedom and mapping: specifically about http://openstreet...­
>>  .  To that end, I'm holding an OpenStreetMap mapping party in
>> Boston this weekend.  I'd LOVE to explain to you why OpenStreetMap
>> enhances free markets.
>> http://community....­
>> If you come on Sunday, we're likely to have more time to talk
>> politics.

Russ Nelson - http://community....­ - http://wiki.opens...­
[address removed] - Twitter: Russ_OSM - http://openstreet...­

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