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Glyn Moody's look at all levels of the enterprise open source stack. The blog will look at the organisations that are embracing open source, old and new alike (start-ups welcome), and the communities of users and developers that have formed around them (or not, as the case may be).


They want "facts" and "hard evidence" about TTIP? Here they are...

by Glyn Moody

The TTIP negotiations are in trouble. After 18 months of talks, the EU and US have precious little to show for all their jetting to and fro across the Atlantic. And external factors such as the imminent Presidential race in the US means that time is running out to get the deal signed and sealed. Against that background, there are signs of a (rather feeble) attempt to put “rocket boosters” under the negotiations, as David Cameron likes to phrase it - although he forgets that rocket boosters can also explode on take-off, destroying their cargo completely.

December 19, 2014 2:07:00 PM Read Full Post

TISA Leak: EU Data Protection and Net Neutrality Threatened

As we feared: would completely undermine EU's strong privacy laws

by Glyn Moody

Last month I wrote about the threat that TTIP represented to data protection and privacy in the EU because of its likely insistence that data flow as freely as goods. We still don't know for sure how TTIP will be approaching this area, but today we had an important leak of a section from TISA - the Trade in Services Agreement - that forms part of a kind of trinity of trade agreements along with TTIP and the TransPacific Partnership agreement (TPP).

December 17, 2014 2:30:00 PM Read Full Post

AllSeen's Open Source Internet of Things: One Year On

Good progress, but more needed on security

by Glyn Moody

Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote about one of the Linux Foundation's Collaborative Projects, with the rather disconcerting name of AllSeen. I found that problematic, since the AllSeen Alliance hopes to create the de facto standards for the much-hyped Internet of Things. One of the my chief concerns with this idea is that it could make today's surveillance look positively restrained - imagine if spy agencies and general ne'er-do-wells had access to detailed knowledge about and perhaps even control over individual components of your "intelligent" home.

December 15, 2014 4:24:00 PM Read Full Post

European Commission Finally Engaging with Open Source?

Slowly getting there

by Glyn Moody

Earlier this year, I wrote about the European Commission's stunning incompetence in procuring desktop software: it actually admitted that it was in a state of "effective captivity with Microsoft", and that it wasn't really going to try to do anything about it. Fortunately, a recent article on the Commission's "Joinup" site, by Gijs Hillenius, paints a rather brighter picture as far as the server side is concerned:

December 12, 2014 2:34:00 PM Read Full Post

Let's Encrypt - and Fix HTTPS While We're At It

Web encryption is a good idea, but it's currently broken

by Glyn Moody

A few weeks ago I wrote about the need for encryption - and the growing attacks against it by surveillance agencies worried about its efficacity. But how exactly can we implement that?

December 10, 2014 10:29:00 AM Read Full Post

Copyright Hub Goes Public: Where's the Public Domain?

Don't forget the commons

by Glyn Moody

Readers with good memories may remember numerous posts here in the wake of the Hargreaves report on copyright in the digital age, which was called "Digital Opportunity". That report contained many worthwhile ideas, which I discussed in previous columns. But one interesting proposal that I rather skated over was to set up what the report called a Digital Copyright Exchange.

December 09, 2014 10:32:00 AM Read Full Post

Engaging with Open Source Brings Competitive Advantage

Work closely with the key projects you depend on - before your rivals do

by Glyn Moody

Last month I wrote about an important development for companies outside the world of computing: collaborating on non-competitive code specific to their sector. That change in business practices is still in the early stages, and will probably take some years to move into the mainstream. Far further along is the transformation of many manufacturing companies into ones where open source plays a central role, not just in their IT infrastructure, but for their product line too. That's simply a consequence of the fact that more and more products are adding digital elements, and that the cheapest and best way to do that is to use open source.

December 05, 2014 3:37:00 PM Read Full Post


ISDS dangers in CETA and TTIP - and in the EU Singapore FTA

by Glyn Moody

The TTIP negotiations have started in earnest - before, meetings were largely preliminary, aimed at establishing the general positions of both the EU and US. And yet, curiously, very little seems to be happening, at least publicly. The next official round is not until early February next year, although it seems likely that informal meetings are still taking place behind closed doors.

December 04, 2014 9:37:00 AM Read Full Post

Bill Gates and the True Nature of Open Access

Just say 'no' to fauxpen access

by Glyn Moody

I've been writing about open access - the application of open source-like principles to academic research publications - for many years now. Its steady ascent is both undeniable and with luck unstoppable. Here's the latest vote of confidence in both open access and open data from a rather unexpected source.

December 02, 2014 4:16:00 PM Read Full Post

The UK's Real Intelligence Failure

Time for a global debate about the limits of surveillance

by Glyn Moody

Earlier this week I wrote about the Home Secretary's attempt to extend surveillance powers yet again, despite there being no evidence they were needed, or that doing so would help achieve any sensible goals. By one of those amazing coincidences, the very next day the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) of Parliament released its Report on intelligence matters relating to the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby. It's a long and fascinating document despite the passages from the evidence that have been redacted for publication. For the first time, it gives a glimpse of how intelligence operations are carried out in this country.

November 28, 2014 4:04:00 PM Read Full Post

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