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Sunday·25·May·2008

No more NDA for events hosted at Google Zurich? //at 19:14 //by abe

from the big-monopolistic-american-company dept.

I first heard about the Open Source Jam Zurich somewhere at BlogCampSwitzerland 2.0 (which was more a TechCrunch7 than a BlogCamp — why did the organisators call it BlogCamp?) and subscribed to its Google Group.

At Linuxday.at, hansmi (who seems to be assimilated bywork for Google) gave me a flyer about Open Source Jam Zurich. And while reading it, I noticed that it will be held at Google’s Zurich office. Remembering the need for early registration for one of the recent Webtuesdays because of signing an NDA being necessary to get into Google’s office, I asked him, if I need to sign an NDA if I want to take part at Open Source Jam Zurich. He acknowledge it and so I returned the flyer and forgot about the Open Source Jam Zurich.

Today Gürkan told me, he was at Open Source Jam Zurich at Google and he didn’t need to sign any NDA. He also told me that he knows other people which didn’t take part either because of the expected the need to sign an NDA. I was puzzled.

Did Google really started to realize that “Open Source” and “Free Software” doesn’t fit together with “Non-Disclosure Agreements”?

I hope so, because this would make it possible to come to all future Webtuesdays — my favourite local geek event — and not only to those not taking place at Google.

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