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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).

Goodbye and Thanks

Highlights from 1400 posts on the Open Enterprise blog.

by Glyn Moody

After over seven years of publishing, this is the last column on the Open Enterprise blog.

May 18, 2015 1:50:00 PM Read Full Post

Did GCHQ Spy on You? Why not Find Out?

UK government admits it broke the law; what to do next

by Glyn Moody

Earlier this year, there was an extremely important ruling made about GCHQ's surveillance activities.

May 15, 2015 3:23:00 PM Read Full Post

EU's New Digital Single Market...Isn't

European Commission's new strategy is a huge missed opportunity

by Glyn Moody

It is one of life's little ironies that the market where geography plays a diminished role – the online sector – is also one where national boundaries are still a huge problem, particularly when it comes to material under copyright, which is often "unavailable in your country" – a ridiculous situation. That's also the case for the European Union, one of whose core features is the single marketplace. That may be true for analogue goods, but it certainly isn't for digital ones.

May 11, 2015 1:00:00 PM Read Full Post

Learning from Openness: Partial Sharing is not Enough

Some organisations still find it hard to let go completely

by Glyn Moody

Recently, I wrote about the Open Humans Network, which aims to make it easier for people to share various forms of biological data. That's become a hugely important area; the hope is that by applying big data analytical techniques to the increasingly large stores of genetic data now being produced by low-cost sequencing techniques, it will be possible to come up with personalised medicines designed for a specific genetic make-up, rather than average ones as now.

May 08, 2015 1:27:00 PM Read Full Post

Opening up the Shadowy World of Trade Secrets

How the European Commission gave lobbyists pretty much what they wanted

by Glyn Moody

Back in January, I wrote about moves within the European Commission to strengthen the protection for trade secrets. That's potentially a worrying development for the world of open source, based as it is on the frictionless exchange of knowledge. Since then, more people have become aware of the threat, and some have started mobilising against it.

May 04, 2015 8:14:00 PM Read Full Post

After OpenStreetMap - OpenSeaMap

Openness continues to give rise to exciting new projects

by Glyn Moody

As I've noted a number of times before, one of the most exciting aspects of the world of openness is the way in which ideas are not only shared within a given domain - amongst free software hackers, for example - but across completely different domains too. Thus the GNU project inspired first Nupedia, and then Wikipedia. Wikipedia, in its turn, inspired OpenStreetMap. And now OpenStreetMap has given rise to OpenSeaMap.

May 01, 2015 9:39:00 AM Read Full Post

TTIP Update LI

As resistance grows, TTIP is increasingly in trouble.

by Glyn Moody

It's been a couple of months since my last TTIP update. That hiatus reflects the talks themselves, which feel strangely suspended. That's not to say nothing is happening: indeed, there's an air of desperate busy-ness beginning to creep into the proceedings as even the most fervid supporter of the agreement realises that TTIP is not going to be finished by the end of 2015, and people rush around vainly trying to do something about it. That's pretty astonishing when you remember that the original plan was to finish it by the end of 2014.

April 27, 2015 4:06:00 PM Read Full Post

Unitary Patent: Why is EU Pushing Itself into Irrelevance?

Has this EU puff-piece been disappeared?

by Glyn Moody

Although I haven't written about the Unitary Patent for a while now, it hasn't gone away - alas. Instead, it is still grinding through the ratification process that is necessary before it comes into force. There are many questions about how it will work in practice, and whether it will offer any real benefits to European companies. So it's strange that the European Commission recently come out with a total puff-piece on the subject, which tries to convince people that it's all going to be great.

April 23, 2015 4:30:00 PM Read Full Post

Solving the Free Software Liability Conundrum

Could this approach encourage all software companies to write better code?

by Glyn Moody

As you may have noticed, a lot of software has a lot of bugs. Even open source code has them, but the main damage tends to come from certain well-known, widely-used proprietary programs - not forgetting well-known, widely-used open source programs with proprietary layers like Android. In fact, some estimates put the annual damage caused by serious software flaws in the hundreds of billions of pounds range, which probably means that many trillions of pounds' value has been destroyed thanks to buggy, flawed software over the years.

April 20, 2015 11:37:00 AM Read Full Post

Would You Open-Source Your Body?

How far are you prepared to go?

by Glyn Moody

As you may have noticed, this column is pretty keen on opening things up - whether that's open source, open access or open government. But what about open-sourcing your body - releasing as open data the most intimate aspects of your physical existence? That's what the Open Humans Network is asking people to do.

April 16, 2015 1:06:00 PM Read Full Post


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