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Simon Phipps

With a focus on open source and digital rights, Simon is a director of the UK's Open Rights Group and president of the Open Source Initiative. He is also managing director of UK consulting firm Meshed Insights Ltd.

Memetic Fragments

Some of the open source and digital rights stories on my mind this week.

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Here are some of the things on my mind this week, in random order from my social postings (Twitter, and Google+):

  • The web media hosting application MediaGoblin is a year old this week. Providing an extensible and flexible platform for hosting photo, video and audio, it's part of a trend among digital liberty advocates towards decentralised web services.
  • Google Summer of Code published details of the accepted projects and students for this year's programme. Just looking at the list reveals a huge range of activities which, if they all deliver, will make an enormous difference to the world of open source software.
  • The WWW 2012 conference drew a huge crowd of researchers over in Lyon, France, complete with keynotes from Tim Berners-Lee and Neelie Kroes, among others. Berners-lee took care to call for the open web to be protected.
  • The showdown between Oracle and Google over Android is in full swing in California, with many of my friends and former colleagues appearing as witnesses for both sides of the case. Naturally Groklaw has great coverage of the case.In case you wondered, I was delighted when Java was liberated and would never want to see it once again in chains.
  • You may be more familiar with other packages, but the lean and fast open source web server NGINX is being used by more and more sites - and embedded devices - as part of their performance management and security strategy. According to Netcraft, usage of NGINX has grown 200% since April 2011, placing it a close third to the rapidly declining share of Microsoft IIS.. This week version 1.2.0 has been released with significant improvements.
  • The HM Government Open Standards Consultation is drawing to a close, and your input is still needed. The Open Rights Group has published a useful guide to help you complete answers to the consultation questions.

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