Copyright, Selfie Monkeys, and the Hand of God

The Open Source Initiative has produced a podcast series on AI and its implications for open source out of the concern that “the traditional view of open source code implementing AI algorithms may not be sufficient to guarantee inspectability and replicability of the AI systems. Algorithms are deciding who stays in jail or which customers… Continue reading Copyright, Selfie Monkeys, and the Hand of God

Member Spotlight: Tom Greenwood

Tom Greenwood is the co-founder and Managing Director of Wholegrain Digital, a sustainability-focused WordPress agency that is a certified B Corp. Tom has led a number of environmental projects in the web design sector including the Sustainable Web Manifesto, the website carbon calculator at WebsiteCarbon.com and authoring the book Sustainable Web Design. What do you… Continue reading Member Spotlight: Tom Greenwood

Member Spotlight: Jonathan Bossenger

After a 20 year career in software development (15 of which have been on the web) Jonathan recently joined Automattic as a full-time sponsored contributor on the WordPress Training team. As a WordPress Code Instructor (aka Technical Instructional Designer) he gets to work with the Training team and the WordPress community in creating technical educational… Continue reading Member Spotlight: Jonathan Bossenger

Expression Engine’s first major release as an open source CMS

Expression Engine 7 and 7.1 were recently released along with pricing changes for the Pro+ versions — the core product remains free. This marks a new phase in EE’s development as an open source project that has passed through several hands without seeing a lot of development until being taken over by Packet Tide, the… Continue reading Expression Engine’s first major release as an open source CMS

Is this a WordPress Acquisition?

DigitalOcean buys Cloudways for $350 million in cash DigitalOcean’s acquisition of Cloudways is an investment in the WordPress ecosystem with an emphasis on “digital agencies, eCommerce sites, bloggers, freelance developers and builders hosting on WordPress.” Estimated reading time: 2 minutes “Is this a WordPress acquisition?” That question led some discussion in Post Status Slack this… Continue reading Is this a WordPress Acquisition?

WebP by Default is on hold

This is a good call, I think, but I can’t recall a story like at it at The Tavern where core contributors’ corporate sponsors/employers got named so much. In this case it’s Google, which has an interest in propagating use of the WebP image format it created. It would be fair to also note Automattic… Continue reading WebP by Default is on hold

Breaking into WordPress and Post Status Book Nook Picks

The Best Place to Break into WordPress Talisha Lewallen from WP Connects asks, “What is the best way to start and stay involved in the WordPress community?” WordCamps and Meetups were mentioned a lot. But my favorite came from Ben Meredith who said: “The support forums are how I learned. It’s a great way to… Continue reading Breaking into WordPress and Post Status Book Nook Picks

Open Source Initiative Launches News Blog on WordPress

The Open Source Initiative (OSI), a public benefit corporation and steward of the Open Source Definition, has launched a news blog on WordPress. In 2021, OSI’s board appointed Stefano Maffulli as its first Executive Director, and he is leading the organization in overhauling its web presence. “One of the main objectives for OSI in 2022 is… Continue reading Open Source Initiative Launches News Blog on WordPress