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Glyn Moody

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).

EU Trade Secrets Directive Threatens Scientific Open Data

Clinical trials data at risk, as well as whistleblowers

by Glyn Moody

Earlier this year I warned about a worrying attack on openness: a new EU Directive strengthening trade secrets. A recent joint paper from Corporate Europe Observatory, International Society of Drug Bulletins , and Medicines in Europe Forum provides excellent analysis about some specific threats

February 27, 2015 9:31:00 AM Read Full Post

TTIP Updates - The Glyn Moody blogs

Tracking the twists and turns of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and spelling out what it really means

by Glyn Moody

At the start of 2012 I began a series of posts about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement - ACTA. These took the form of updates on how ACTA was developing. I did this because I had a sense of how quickly things were moving, and how...

February 25, 2015 4:23:00 PM Read Full Post

CC-BY: What Open Access Can Learn From Open Source

If you are worried about commercial exploitation, you're doing it wrong

by Glyn Moody

Here on the Open Enterprise blog I've often written about ways in which the underlying ideas of open source have been applied to other domains. One of the first areas to do so was in what is now called open access - the movement to make academic papers freely available, particularly those that have been funded by the taxpayer through government research grants. Open access is making great strides, but a recent article in the Library Journal suggested that there is discontent festering among certain academics

February 24, 2015 1:41:00 PM Read Full Post

Here Comes the ACTA Attack - Again

Don't think they'll ever give up

by Glyn Moody

Three years ago I began a series of articles about ACTA- the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. ACTA was originally about tackling counterfeit goods, but had a completely inappropriate digital chapter added, that tried to ride on the coat-tails of the initial plan by suggesting that digital copies were somehow as dangerous as fake medicines or aircraft parts. After a fierce battle that saw hundreds of thousands of Europeans writing to their MEPs, and even taking to the streets, ACTA was thrown out by the European Parliament.

February 23, 2015 1:32:00 PM Read Full Post

UK Surveillance: The Fightback Begins - Please Join

Another revelation about GCHQ's massive spying activities, plus two (small) victories

by Glyn Moody

Things have gone rather quiet on the Snowden leaks front recently, prompting some to wonder whether we have now heard all the really shocking stories. That's been denied a few times by people in the know, who suggested that there was, indeed, more big stuff to come. And some of it turned up yesterday.

February 20, 2015 3:53:00 PM Read Full Post

Now Open Source Firmware Enters the Equation

Things are even worse than we thought

by Glyn Moody

I've written before about the folly of running Windows in a world where zero-day exploits are routinely used not just by criminals but also by spy agencies around the world, and there are claims that Microsoft was complicit in allowing them to be used in this way. An astonishing new documentfrom the Kaspersky Lab confirms that you really have to be pretty masochistic to use Windows.

February 17, 2015 10:30:00 AM Read Full Post

What Every Company Can Learn From Xiaomi

This is what 'listening to customers' really looks like

by Glyn Moody

I've mentioned a couple of times the rising Chinese star Xiaomi, which could well become the leading manufacturer of Android-based smartphones worldwide if it manages to carry on as it has begun. In another sign of its global ambitions, it held a press conference in the US last week.

February 16, 2015 11:05:00 AM Read Full Post

I Do Not Fear the Greeks Bearing Gifts

Greece has a unique opportunity to show Europe the way forward with open source

by Glyn Moody

It would be something of an understatement to say that the recent elections in Greece have changed the political landscape for Europe. But alongside the wider implications, there are also some that touch on matters discussed in this blog. Here, for example, is how the giant TTIP trade agreement might be affected:

February 13, 2015 10:40:00 AM Read Full Post

After Android: Ubuntu, Xiaomi, Meizu or Tencent?

Why we need to keep an eye on the Chinese smartphone sector

by Glyn Moody

It would be something of an understatement to say that the smartphone market is hot: it has clearly taken over from the desktop sector as the mainstream that defines the direction of computing. That's good news for open source, since it means Windows is increasingly irrelevant as far as the future is concerned. Android, of course, is dominating this sector, but nothing stays still: there will, one day, be an "after Android" - so who will be the key player(s) there?

February 09, 2015 4:50:00 PM Read Full Post

Open Source's Secret - and Dangerous - Shame

Support these projects - or lose key freedoms

by Glyn Moody

Earlier this week I wrote about the importance of deploying open source encryption as widely as possible. We are fortunate in that we already have several key tools available as free software. One of them is GNU Privacy Guard.

February 06, 2015 11:17:00 AM Read Full Post

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