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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).

Digital Democracy? - Yes, Please; but Not Online Voting

Commission's ideas are good - bar one

by Glyn Moody

It is a sign of the times that the Speaker of the House of Commons - not the first person that comes to mind as being part of the digital age - has established a Digital Democracy Commission to look into ways to re-imagine democracy for the connected world. With one important exception - that concerning online voting - its recommendations are sensible and to be welcomed. What follows is a selection of some of the more important areas for the world of openness.

January 26, 2015 4:16:00 PM Read Full Post

It's Windows *10*, Because It's 10 Years Behind Open Source

And aeons behind in security, trust and privacy

by Glyn Moody

I don't write about Microsoft much here. That's largely because, as I noted recently, open source has won. Well, it's won in the field of supercomputers, cloud computing, Web servers, mobile systems, embedded systems and the Internet of Things. Of course, it hasn't won on the desktop - although there are some interesting indications that even there things may be changing. That means Wednesday's launch of Windows 10 is still important, since it affects the daily lives of many people - far too many. Here, I want to focus on a few key aspects that emerged.

January 23, 2015 2:41:00 PM Read Full Post

Opening up the Internet of Things, Robots and Drones

A new version of Ubuntu - but is Canonical spreading itself too thinly?

by Glyn Moody

As I've noted before, open source is perfect for the currently-fashionable Internet of Things, where you need an extremely lightweight, low-cost, customisable but secure and rock-solid operating system that can be easily ported to thousands of devices. Only free software fits that bill. I've written a couple of times about AllSeen's bid to become the de facto operating system for the Internet of Things. But of course, it would be too simple - and not necessarily advisable - if there were only one solution, even an open source one. And so it's probably a good sign that other projects are starting to pop up to address this important sector.

January 21, 2015 1:53:00 PM Read Full Post

Reform Agenda for Overhaul and Updating of EU Copyright

Bold but sensible ideas to drag copyright into the 21st century

by Glyn Moody

It would be something of an understatement to say that European copyright is a mess, with different rules applying in each of the 28 Member States, making cross-border cultural exchange and business hard to the point of impossibility. But worse than that inconsistency is the fact that European copyright is simply not fit for the digital age. There is now a huge gulf between what copyright allows, and what the public would like to do - and, in many cases, is already doing online, irrespective of the law.

January 19, 2015 3:14:00 PM Read Full Post


The people have spoken: ISDS must go - no ifs, buts or maybes

by Glyn Moody

As I've noted many times before, the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism has long been the most contentious aspect of TTIP, and that was reflected in the unexpected decision to hold a consultation on the area last year. The hope seems to have been that this would keep critics quiet, and allow the European Commission to come up with a few minor tweaks to its proposals while claiming that the public had been allowed to air their views.

January 14, 2015 1:51:00 PM Read Full Post

Could Cameron Be So Stupid as to Undermine Encryption?

How to destroy liberty, online safety, commercial confidentiality and the UK tech startup scene with one sentence

by Glyn Moody

Yesterday I wrote about the appalling opportunism of many in the wake of the Paris attacks, and I quoted David Cameron's comment:

January 13, 2015 10:16:00 AM Read Full Post

After Paris: More Intelligence, not More Surveillance

Why not keep calm and carry on instead?

by Glyn Moody

It is sadly symbolic that the amazing rally in support of freedom of speech and tolerance in the wake of last week's murders in Paris was immediately appropriated by grandstanding politicians whose own records for both these areas are often appalling. The EU's ministers for the interior were hardly better. In their joint statement, they trotted out the usual platitudes about their "unfailing attachment to the freedom of expression, to human rights," and then go on to propose new measures attacking both.

January 12, 2015 4:30:00 PM Read Full Post


The belated provision of improved transparency shows that public advocacy works

by Glyn Moody

As long-suffering readers of this column will have noticed, the dominant theme of the discussions around TTIP so far has been the investor-state dispute settlement provisions (ISDS). We are still waiting for the European Commission's analysis of the massive response to its consultation on the subject - it will be fascinating to see how it tries to put a positive spin on the overwhelming public refusal of ISDS in TTIP.

January 09, 2015 4:16:00 PM Read Full Post

EU Legal Study: All EU Data Retention Laws May be Dodgy

DRIPA likely to be struck down

by Glyn Moody

Back in April last year, I reported on a hugely important judgment handed down from Europe's highest court, the Court of Justice of the European Union, which declared the entire Data Retention Direction invalid. That was because the court found that the Directive was a "particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data, without that interference being limited to what is strictly necessary."

January 08, 2015 2:19:00 PM Read Full Post

New Threat to Openness in the EU: Trade Secrets Directive

Part of a concerted attack, it seems

by Glyn Moody

This blog has been charting the inexorable rise not just of open source, but of openness in general, encompassing open content, open data, open access, open science and open innovation. That's an indication of a broad recognition that openness is simply a better way of doing things, and results in greater benefits for a broader range of society. Against that background, plans for an EU Directive on protecting "trade secrets" are worrying.

January 06, 2015 10:06:00 AM Read Full Post

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