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For decades, first responders have dealt with a lack of interoperable communications products. The 9/11 Commission Report1 and the Katrina Report2 both concluded that the absence of interoperable communications among public safety organizations at the local, state, and federal levels was a serious... Read more
2 comments Posted 5 Oct 2010 by Melanie Chernoff (Red Hat) Feed
I'm setting up a new computer. I get through the registration screens, install my software, change my wallpaper, and everything's working fine. I'm left, though, with a lingering, uneasy feeling: I don't know if this machine is secure. I'm a computer guy, so I know how to set up strong passwords... Read more
7 comments Posted 21 Sep 2010 by Gunnar Hellekson (Red Hat) Feed
Jonathan Rauch wrote in the National Journal Saturday on the “radical decentralization” of the tea party. A “Tea Party Patriots coordinator and co-founder” talks about it this way: “I use the term open-source politics. This is an open source movement.... The movement as a whole is smart.”
2 comments Posted 16 Sep 2010 by Art Seavey Feed
So 19 months into the Open Government Directive, we seem to have a backlash. The government has spent millions of dollars collecting, organizing, and cataloging its data to make it more available to the public. An unprecedented effort. Some of this data is frivolous, some of it is valuable, but I... Read more
3 comments Posted 13 Sep 2010 by Gunnar Hellekson (Red Hat) Feed
We probably all remember the first time we tried open source. Maybe you were peer-pressured, even adventurous. Or maybe you gave it a try only to find someone looking on disapprovingly, and quickly pretended you were doing something else. My story starts back in an environmental economics course in... Read more
1 comment Posted 9 Sep 2010 by Art Seavey Feed
The GSA is currently planning forge.gov, which is widely assumed to be based on forge.mil, the much-discussed collaboration platform from the Defense Information Systems Agency, or DISA. forge.mil is a pretty incredible idea: a single destination for testing, certification, and software development... Read more
1 comment Posted 30 Aug 2010 by Gunnar Hellekson (Red Hat) Feed
Last post, I discussed how governments, especially state and local, should be thinking differently about the ways they engage online with the people they serve.
0 comments Posted 26 Aug 2010 by Art Seavey Feed
Openness in the military is coming of-age, as was evident to the attendees at the 2nd Military Open Source Software (Mil-OSS) working group held August 3-5 in Arlington, Virginia. This grassroots gathering of practitioners in the art/science of creating military capabilities was unique in its... Read more
1 comment Posted 23 Aug 2010 by John Scott Feed
I had a chance to talk with Matthew Burton, the former intelligence analyst turned open source cause celebre who just launched a tool that helps frame and understand arguments with imperfect evidence. It's based on method called Analysis of Competing Hypotheses (ACH), which has been around for... Read more
0 comments Posted 19 Aug 2010 by Gunnar Hellekson (Red Hat) Feed
Think about a public space. Maybe it’s a park, or a public library, but some physical space owned by government. We have different expectations about public spaces, and our freedoms in them, compared to private spaces. Think about a place where civic happenings go on, where dialogue and delivery of... Read more
2 comments Posted 9 Aug 2010 by Art Seavey Feed

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