Drupal as a Political Act?

Tim Erickson

As an open source project, there is something inherently political about participation in the Drupal Community. Those of us who contribute to Drupal through code, testing, writing documentation, or planning Drupal events are making a conscious decision to contribute towards the creation of a public good that is used by individuals, non-profits, educational institutions, and multi-national corporations alike. Many of the most active members of the Drupal community got their start in Drupal by building a website for a school, arts organization, political campaign, or a non-profit organization. We were drawn to Drupal, not only because the code was free, but because of the welcoming community that answered our questions online or took time to work with us one on one at a Meet-Up or Drupal camp.

Let’s talk about the political implications of using and developing Drupal?
How does Drupal fit into the larger landscape of open source software, the free software movement, and growing concerns over privacy and government data?
How do we continue to ensure that Drupal is not only affordable but accessible to the small non-profits and organizations of change
In this session we’ll provide some background and context, but we want to hear your thoughts and experiences on this topic.
The title of this session is borrowed from a blog post by Matthew Tift from Dec 2016.

https://www.midcamp.org/session/drupal-political-act