This would be a headline if I cared about such a thing.

I am Nick Lüthi, a student from Switzerland. I am currently earning my Masters degree in Philosophy and Business Informatics at the University of Bern whilst working in Digitization for a local film archive called Lichtspiel. I am a member of the Open Source Initiative and strongly believe that the way forward, for us and our technology, is in Open Standards and Licenses for all our things. I am not dogmatic about those issues (considering that I am writing this on an iPad) but I do see them as the only viable options for our future.

Here are some questions that do keep me up at night:

  • Can we trust software?
  • Can we own proprietary software?
  • How are the rights of software users and software owners distributed?
  • Is it morally always wrong to pirate stuff on the internet?
  • How can we advertise on the internet in a clever and user-friendly way?
  • How could a company incorporate non-proprietary software?

The list of the questions I like to think about when it comes to technology is almost endless. And that’s a good thing. It allows me to write more and you to read more and hopefully also think about it. That’s essentially what this site is for.

The technical tidbits of this site

All content appearing here is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license unless it is explicitly stated otherwise.

That means that you are free to share everything you find on here as long as you link back to the original post, don’t use these texts commercially or change them (the texts, not the formfactor or stuff like that) in any form.

The page itself is something that uses only frameworks, source code and the like that is available under a license accepted as Open Source by the Open Source Initiative. The site is generated by Jekyll - a static site generator, hosted on Github pages and the starting point for the design was Centrarium - a jekyll theme by Ben Centra. HTTPS and the SSL Certificate are enabled thanks to Cloudflare which is actually quite a hack. Only the connection between Cloudflare and the client is secured, the connection between the server hosting the actual page and Cloudflare is not. This is due to a limitation of GithubPages which does not allow HTTPS connections for custom domains.

I am trying to improve this site continuously if you like some features and would like to add them to your site you can easily do so, the source code is available on Github under a MIT License.