Benjamin Mako Hill is a Debian hacker and author of the Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 Bible and "The Official Ubuntu Book". He works in the Computing Culture group of the MIT Media Lab, and is on the boards of Software Freedom International (the organization that organizes Software Freedom Day) and the Ubuntu Foundation. Hill was on the board of Software in the Public Interest from March 2003 until July 2006, serving as the organisation's vice-president from August 2004.
At Wikimania last year, Benjamin Mako Hill and Erik Möller unveiled the Definition of Free Culture Works. The project, with the goal of producing a definition of free culture and content and a social movement to achieve it, has met with success and controversy over the last year. Of particular relevance, it has been adopted by the Wikimedia Foundation as the standard for essential freedom in all Wikimedia works. This talk will make the case for the definition, discuss it in depth, and will focus on experiences and progress over the last year.