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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).

Net Neutrality in EU Under Attack *Again*

Italian Presidency proposes ridiculous amendments

by Glyn Moody

This is getting rather tiresome. Time and again, the idea of net neutrality - treating all IP packets equally - comes under attack; time and again, people fight off the attack. And then the next one comes.

November 20, 2014 5:39:00 PM Read Full Post

TTIP Update XLIII

The problem of data flows, and why CETA's ISDS is a disaster

by Glyn Moody

On Monday, I attended an interesting meeting at the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, in Berlin, with the intriguing title of "re:negotiate (ttip)". This was valuable for two reasons. First, because I had a chance to hear the arguments advanced by senior figures in the pro-TTIP world (surprisingly weak, even after all this time), and secondly, because I was asked to take part in a panel on "TTIP and global data transfer". That's not something I've written much about here, so this gives me an opportunity to set down what I learned as I prepared for my session in Berlin.

November 19, 2014 12:28:00 PM Read Full Post

EU Boosts Open Data; Open Contracting Data Standard Out

Building strength in depth

by Glyn Moody

As you will probably have noticed, open data is pretty hot these days. The EU has noticed, too, and is making some serious funds available for this area, as announced by the UK's Open Data Institute.

November 18, 2014 11:09:00 AM Read Full Post

Firefox Leans Towards the Vertical

Mozilla's next 10 years

by Glyn Moody

A couple of months ago, I wrote about the tremendous potential for Mozilla to change the world by putting smartphone capabilities in the hands of hundreds of millions of people with its Firefox OS. That's an example of the project moving its focus away from the traditional desktop to a sector that is likely to become the dominant one in the next few years.

November 13, 2014 11:00:00 AM Read Full Post

TTIP Update XLII

New economic study predicts "European disintegration, unemployment and instability" from TTIP

by Glyn Moody

The problems of TTIP are so many - total lack of meaningful transparency, the unnecessary inclusion of an ISDS chapter, the threat to Europe's high standards governing health, safety, the environment, labour etc. - that the agreement's supporters have been forced to fight back with the only thing they claim to offer: money. TTIP, they argue in multiple ways, will take us to the land of milk and honey, boost the GDP massively, and lead to lots of extra dosh for every family in the EU.

November 10, 2014 4:34:00 PM Read Full Post

You Can't Trust Closed-Source Code - Germany Agrees

Plus yet more security issues with cloud computing

by Glyn Moody

Last year, I asked how anyone could trust Microsoft again in the wake of the revelations that the company provides information about bugs to the NSA before it releases it to customers. But a new document suggests that the problem doesn't end there.

November 06, 2014 5:58:00 PM Read Full Post

The Second Enterprise Open Source Revolution

Are you ready?

by Glyn Moody

One of the key moments in the rise of GNU/Linux was when software companies producing their own variant of Unix realised that it made no sense for them all to work on something that was no longer providing any competitive advantage - it was simply part of the digital plumbing that had to be provided in some form. That meant they could usefully collaborate on a common platform, and differentiate themselves in other ways - higher up the software stack, or through services, for example.

November 05, 2014 11:37:00 AM Read Full Post

GCHQ: Going from Bad to Worse

Attacking the Internet and its companies is not the way forward

by Glyn Moody

Some of the most disturbing revelations to emerge from Edward Snowden's leaks are that the UK's GCHQ is involved in spying on all the Internet traffic as it enters and leaves this country, and that it is jointly responsible for undermining basic cryptographic methods that keep communications private - and which make e-commerce possible. All of this without any kind of legal justification, just Jesuitical casuistry that largely turns on contorted interpretations of laws and stretched definitions of key concepts.

November 04, 2014 12:23:00 PM Read Full Post

New Projects from the Ever-Protean World of Open Source

More amazing ideas

by Glyn Moody

In my previous column, I pointed out that free software was now so successful, and in so many fields, that people might wonder whether there's anything left to do. The question was rhetorical, of course: the ingenuity of the open source community means that they will always find new and exciting projects. And not just the big one that I suggested of baking strong crypto into all our communication tools. There are countless other novel uses for open source, as these three very different examples below indicate.

October 31, 2014 11:22:00 AM Read Full Post

Free Software (and Freedom) in Kosovo

Fighting surveillance with free software

by Glyn Moody

At the weekend, I spoke at the Software Freedom Kosova 2014 conference. Here's some background to the conference from its Web site.

October 29, 2014 3:48:00 PM Read Full Post


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