The idea of standards stretches back many years. While competition is good, competition around basic attributes of products in mature markets can obstruct customers. When they work–standard electricity voltages, standard railway gauges being two examples–society benefits greatly from them. Quality... Read more
Tidy Street in Brighton, UK is the center of a domestic energy monitoring project from CHANGE, a collaboration that includes The Open University and looks into using novel technologies to change human behavior, particularly to improve the environment.
What does Google stand to gain from having so many open source projects? What about Twitter or Facebook? Why would companies freely give away software that cost them time, money and may help their competitors? Why is Github growing at an absurd rate, with over 2 million repositories? Why are... Read more
Adam Drew makes open source music. He writes, records, and produces all his own sounds using Linux and all FOSS tools. Read more in his post from last week.
The truth is (slightly more) out there. This month the FBI announced an improved document area on its website, The Vault, with more than 2,000 government files. Many of them had previously been available, but not easily accessible. Now they've all been scanned and are searchable. The UK made a... Read more
On the second semester of 2010, I had one of those great ideas for a short movie. I sat down and wrote the story, thinking about the narrative, the characters, the setting and pretty much everything that would relate to production. Finishing that, I just thought to myself: “now wouldn't it be nice... Read more
The Linux Foundation's Collaboration Summit tends to focus on technical and legal sessions for industry experts — but one of the better sessions at the Summit was Press Training for Community Projects. Led by Jennifer Cloer, the Linux Foundation's director of communications and community, the... Read more
Jeremy Gutsche is an innovation expert, host of Trend Hunter TV, and the founder of TrendHunter.com, the world’s largest network for trend spotting and innovation. He has been described as “a new breed of trend spotter” by The Guardian, “an eagle eye” by Global TV, and “on the forefront of cool... Read more
One of the keys to a successful open source community is appropriate transparency. A community with strong values around transparency will also be likely to respect its participants privacy. Such a community will also be unlikely to have a copyright assignment benefiting a commercial party.... Read more
If you are what you eat, do you have any idea what you are? In an increasing push for nutrition transparency, you'll soon at least know how many calories you're taking in, whether you want to or not.