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Innovation and collaboration stifled in red tape
It is hard to think of any environment as conducive to innovation as the Internet. With a good idea and the motivation to follow it through, anything is possible. Look at Wikipedia, the Google search engine, and Facebook, to name just a few success stories. Behind them are thousands of less famous... Read more
0 comments Posted 24 May 2012 by Paul Meller Feed
What innovations can change America’s voting rates?
People often ask me about various innovative efforts to change America’s voting rates, habits, or options. There is a ton of interesting experimentation happening here, from TurboVote to ElectNext to Americans Elect. I haven’t dug in deeply to any of these projects, but it’s clear they are offering... Read more
2 comments Posted 22 May 2012 by Jennifer Pahlka Feed
Pushing for open data? 3 steps to consider
Open Data is fast becoming a ‘hot topic’ in government. I’m proud to see my colleagues & fellow open gov supporters helping governments around the world launch their cloud-powered open data catalogues: from the Government of Columbia and the European Union, to the Canadian cities of Regina,... Read more
0 comments Posted 19 Mar 2012 by Nik Garkusha Feed
It was my great pleasure to attend POSSCON 2011 this year. I had the opportunity to do a keynote, a panel discussion, and a technical talk, wearing the hats of both developer as well as "FOSS expert." And that dual-hat nature defines the conference itself quite well. Imagine if OSCON and OSBC had a... Read more
2 comments Posted 22 Apr 2011 by Jim Jagielski (Red Hat) Feed
Last time I covered two reports assessing a potential move by The Netherlands government toward the use of more open source software. The commonality between the reports, with quite different conclusions, was the focus on cost and cost savings. 
0 comments Posted 19 Apr 2011 by Art Seavey Feed
The Open Source Observatory flashed an eye-popping headline last week: “Moving to open source would save [The Netherlands] government one to four billion [euro].” I had hoped I could do the dirty work of going over the report in fine detail and give you the summary, but there are two problems:... Read more
6 comments Posted 22 Mar 2011 by Art Seavey Feed
I loved this year's State of the Union address for the collaborative tone of both the President and the members of Congress.  While many were skeptical of the idea, I was especially pleased to see the effect of the mixed-party seating at the State of the Union, proposed by Sen. Mark Udall of... Read more
2 comments Posted 26 Jan 2011 by Melanie Chernoff (Red Hat) Feed
This evening, United States President Barack Obama will be delivering the annual State of the Union address at 9pm EST (if you want to learn more about the tradition of the State of the Union address in the United States, the White House has put together a nice video about the history and making of... Read more
2 comments Posted 25 Jan 2011 by Chris Grams Feed
Shifting from command-and-control to collaborative culture involves what might be termed collaborative risk, but some organizations are realizing that there’s greater risk in clinging to old ways of working. One organization that is recognizing the need for taking collaborative risk is the United... Read more
0 comments Posted 2 Nov 2010 by Evan Rosen Feed
Co-author: Bascha Harris What if you woke up one day, and every file on your computer in a particular format—say all your word processing documents, or all your photographs—no longer worked? Not that big of a deal, right? Just a few photos or files. But what if you're a photographer and it's your... Read more
2 comments Posted 13 Oct 2010 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed

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