[IPython-dev] Internet Freedom

Brian Granger ellisonbg at gmail.com
Tue Jul 9 19:59:43 EDT 2013

I personally like the goals of the IDL, but I think it is important
for projects like IPython to remain focused.  Because of this my vote
would be for this involvement to happen at the personal level.  I
would like IPython itself to remain a-political - with no opinions on
outside issues.  I feel this is especially important given the fact
that IPython is not a legal entity - it is only an informal group of
people who share collective copyright.  It is very difficult to
"speak" on behalf of our entire community because of this - both on
the practical and conceptual levels.  Groups like Mozilla and PHP or
even the PSF are legal entities so there is a clear path for
determining what exactly this type of support means (a vote of the



On Sun, Jul 7, 2013 at 11:12 AM, Carl Smith <carl.input at gmail.com> wrote:
> The main question, I guess, is whether IPython should explicitly
> support causes at all. Normally, an org will focus on it's own
> problems, regardless of its members views on non-related issues. That
> said, Mozilla and PHP have joined the IDL. Of course, Moz does have an
> interest in this issue, but PHP doesn't, at least directly. I just
> felt a little disappointed that it was PHP and not Python that I saw
> on that list, and that left me confused; I've always thought it's
> sensible to have different orgs for different problems, but
> nonetheless felt the PSF should get involved.
> This issue is not especially relevant to IPython in particular; I
> approached this community as it's one that I feel close to, it's very
> diverse and it has a long-standing tradition of contributing to free
> software. I should have perhaps made it clearer that this isn't
> IPython Dev stuff; it's just a topic this community should perhaps
> discuss. There's no urgency, but, in the long run, IPython will
> probably need to address the industry's political issues on some
> level, even if the decision is to simply leave it to specialist
> organisations.
> Cheers
> Carl
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Brian E. Granger
Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo
bgranger at calpoly.edu and ellisonbg at gmail.com

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