Episode 173

Nick Vidal & Masae Shida at FOSS Backstage 2023


May 5th, 2023

37 mins 45 secs

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Nick Vidal | Masae Shida


Richard Littauer

Show Notes

Hello and welcome to Sustain! On this episode, Richard is roaming the halls at FOSS Backstage 2023 this week, and you just never know who you’re going to bump into. He grabs Nick Vidal, the new Community Manager for ClearlyDefined, which is an open-source project that aims to bring clarity to licensing information for open-source projects. Nick is trying to reach out to different communities to work together, such as OpenSSF and Open Research Toolkit. Nick and Richard discuss the licensing issues related to AI, particularly regarding chatbot models like ChatGPT. They talk about copyright issues related to gathering data, images, and texts from the internet and feeding them into proprietary models.

His next guest is Masae Shida, a Senior Program Manager at VMware. Masae is in Berlin to talk about why Asian participation in open source is not as significant as it should be. She talks about how Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are important for companies as they lead to higher productivity and innovation. However, in open source, she has noticed that the number of Asian participants is much lower than expected, even though there are large populations in Asian countries like India and China. Masae aims to identify the barriers preventing Asian participation in open source and find ways to overcome them.

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