Governance

  • The Swedish National Survey is leading an effort to track land ownership in their country using a public blockchain; testing for this is set to begin in March 2017. At this time, the system will be populated with test data and made public, and the public is invited to test out the system from a […]

  • Government institutions are a prime target for open source software for many reasons, primarily the low cost of ownership and relative ease of upgrading to the latest standards and software. Network World has pieced together a map of governmental adoption of open source around the world, and it paints an interesting picture of worldwide open […]

  • The British Government Digital Services (GDS) seeks to hire an Open Source Lead to help the UK government advance open source initiatives. The UK government has been receptive to open standards and open source technology over the past few years, so it’s a natural step for them to hire someone to lead this effort. The […]

  • The Linux Foundation Hyperledger project is an effort to advance open source blockchain technology. It’s goal is to “build and sustain an open, distributed ledger platform that will satisfy a variety of use cases across multiple industries.” The project has announced the election of a board of directors and technical steering committee that includes representatives […]

  • Senator Daniel Squadron, a senator from New York Stat, has co-sponsored a bill along with Senator Ruth Russel-Thompson to provide a tax credit to open source software developers for writing free software. The senators hope to encourage greater technology development in an effort to create jobs and add to the state’s technology sector.  Senate bill […]

  • In the Second Open Government National Action Plan, the White House committed to providing an open source software policy for the US Federal Government. On Friday, that commitment was met when Tony Scott, the US Chief Information Officer, announced the release of the first draft of the Federal Source Code Policy which provides an initial […]

  • The Software Freedom Conservancy has stated in a blog post that they believe Canonical’s work to add ZFS to Ubuntu violates the GPL license. ZFS is a Unix file system that has been gaining popularity in recent years that is licensed under the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDLv1). Canonical’s decision to add this file […]

  • As a part of the White House’s efforts to expand the federal government’s involvement in open source technology, the administration has released an open source tool that shows government projects on an interactive map. The source code is hosted on Github, and developers are invited to check out the code and get involved in it’s […]

  • The US Federal Government has attempted to pass bills in recent years to reform the US patent system, but so far nothing has made it through. One of the major attempts in recent years was the Innovation Act which passed the House in 2013, but never made it through the Senate. This bill is back […]

  • A European Parliament study has recommended that the EU finance open source audits and bug bounties in order to improve privacy in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations. The study was led by a dozen European security experts and concluded “EU should promote and foster the development and usage of open protocols, open implementations and […]

  • DARPA has released Memex, a suite of dark web search tools, as open source. The suite is a collaborative project that includes components built by numerous universities, small and large companies, NASA, and R&D firms. There are 40 tools in this release, and the following are a few of the more notable components that make […]

  • US Patent 6442485 covers a “method and apparatus for an automatic vehicle location, collision notification, and synthetic voice.” It is owned by NovelPoint, who despite not ever creating something from it, has used it to sue more than 90 companies for infringement, the latest round of which includes notable fast food chains including Subway, Buger […]

  • Many people have already commented on the benefits and problems of Bitcoin as a currency, but perhaps the most valuable aspect has been explored only minimally. The blockchain is at the core of Bitcoin and serves as a distributed ledger of all transactions that can validate the authenticity of each individual Bitcoin without relying on […]

  • H.R. 9 (The Innovation Act) is an attempt by the US Congress to fix some of the issues that remain in the US Patent Law. This bill seeks to address many of the problems associated with how our judicial system handles patent law. For starters, one area the judicial system has failed to adequately handle […]

  • The Open Source Initiative (OSI) has been working to defend open source for the last 17 years. This year, the OSI has decided to run their membership driver and board elections concurrently in an effort to gain 2,398 new members before April 1. If successful, this would raise more than $95,000 to help fund the […]

  • Despite a long history of failed attempts at using DRM to control hardware products, Keurig has decided to employ DRM measures in their new coffee brewing machines that prevents the use of competing coffee pods. Coupled with a failure to clear previous, non-approved, Keurig-branded cups from store shelves before launching the product this was a […]

  • As  a part of the effort by the Open Forum Europe to help European Union (EU) institutions live up to their commitments to the use of open document standards, fixmydocument.eu has been launched to give citizens a place to report problems with document compatibilities. In its short life, 51 web pages with more than 15,000 […]

  • The last decade of technological progression has witnessed major friction between the interests of organizations of centralized power and distributed networks of individuals. We are currently witnessing a dramatic transformation of social organization towards a new model that requires transparency, participation, and non-hierarchical collaboration. Eben Moglen delivers this keynote address at Linux Conf AU in […]

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