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Trust, transparency, and WikiLeaks: Who gets to have control?

Speaking at the Pentagon on WikiLeaks' disclosure of thousands of classified documents, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates used the word "trust" fourteen times. » Read more

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iPhone jailbreaking decision is temporary relief

While the decision by the US Library of Congress to create exceptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) for unlocking cellphones and jailbreaking iPhones (among other things) in the USA are very welcome, the reaction has been just a touch too euphoric. Not by everyone, mind you. » Read more

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Creating online community the open source way

I presented “Creating online community the open source way” at the Triangle Drupal Users Group (TriDUG) on the evening of Thursday, July 22 and thought it would be a good idea to share with a broader audience. For this post, I'll use the opensource.com online community as my case study.

Opensource.com is a community for exploring how open source principles like collaboration, transparency, and meritocracy are influencing innovation beyond technology--shaping education, law, business, government, and everyday life. Opensource.com is a platform to share, discuss, and discover how people are applying the open source way, even if they don't call it that.

Many people are familiar with how the » Read more

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Going to LinuxCon? Let's have ice cream.

August 9, the Monday night before LinuxCon, let's get together. How's ice cream sound?

LinuxCon is happening at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. Right across the street, there's an outdoor Ben and Jerry's cafe.* We'll meet there. How's 6:30? I'll see you then.

And if you're not attending LinuxCon but happen to be in Boston, feel free to join us anyway. You can get off the T at Silver Line at World Trade Center or Silver Line Way. » Read more

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Poll: Which industry would you improve using the open source way?

Tell us what the missed opportunities are, that could be improved, based on your vote.

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Interview with Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin

We got a chance to send a few questions to Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation. We wanted to explore open source principles like transparency, community, and collaboration in his world.  And we got a chance to ask him about the Open Source World Summit in China--and why both Microsoft and the Linux Foundation want people to pay for Windows.

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Open sound series: Part 3 - Ampache

Building a community is core to all open source projects. In fact, an open source project that lacks a community is likely missing the point of being open source. So what happens when your open project is designed to create communities? » Read more

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Oil spill doomsday debunked. Did peer review journalism fail or succeed?

If the news hasn't reached you, the world's going to end in about six months. Hug your children, get your affairs in order. Well, scratch the affairs. Nobody's going to be around to care. » Read more

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Reminder: Our Life needs you. Write for us.

Here on the Life channel, we've realized there are a lot of stories about everyday life that are using open source principles—collaboration, participation, sharing, transparency—what we call the open source way. But we can't find them all. And we certainly can't tell them all. That's where you come in. » Read more

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Panel: Copyright Needed In Music, But Should Benefit Musicians

This story was written and originally posted by Kaitlin Mara at Intellectual Property Watch.

Copyright is critical to the survival of the music industry and its creators, but lack of respect for copyright is not why artists are struggling to make ends meet, argued a recent panel of media lawyers and music industry experts. The blame for that lies squarely on the corporate-focus of the music industry, and how it has bent copyright law to serve companies rather than composers, said a panel at the University of Westminster. » Read more

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