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Liberate your documents.

An acquaintance emailed me a .docx file last week that my older word processor wouldn't open on the first try.  Before you start sending me fixes, don't worry.  I got it open eventually after much grumbling about proprietary formats that aren't really standards.  But I digress.
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Open source matters to open government. Really.

"Open source and open government are not the same," I've been reading recently. When discussing the role of open standards in open government transparency projects, Bob Caudill at Adobe, is concerned that open source and open standards are being conflated. He likes open standards just fine, but:

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How open source can make us a stronger society

I had the opportunity to chat with Deb Woods about Open Source for America.  Take a look at what she has to say about creating a more transparent government and how open source can make us a stronger society.

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Indonesia: the IIPA is "Watching" you.

If you use open source, you have no respect for intellectual property. Or at least, that’s what the International Intellectual Property Alliance seems to think. According to this article, the lobbying group is asking the US Trade Representative to put Indonesia on its "Special 301 Priority Watch List,” in part because of its policy encouraging the adoption of open source software by government agencies. » Read more

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Why Open Source and Open Standards are Essential to Combat Disastrous Global Climate Change

By Roger Burkhardt, Ingres CEO.

We have to speed up energy innovation to the pace demonstrated in the growth of the Internet if we are to prevent irreversible climate disruptions that will irreparably harm the planet for our children and all those that follow. The scale and speed of change required to ward off disaster cannot be achieved using conventional models. We need to constantly compress seven years of innovation into one – the pace described as innovating on “Internet time”. » Read more

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Sound off: What is open government?

Last month, the Obama Administration issued its Open Government Directive, that requires each US agency to publish an Open Government Plan by April 7, 2010. Open Source for America (OSFA) intends to grade the various U.S. government agencies and their policies and practices as they relate to open source software and openness more generally. And they’re asking for YOUR help in shaping their Draft Guidelines for Open Government Plans. » Read more

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Video: Innovation, collaboration, and government mandates

If you haven't already, you should meet Venky Hariharan. He's one of the most passionate and articulate advocates for open source and open standards in India or anywhere else. Every time we meet, I get a little smarter. At our last meeting, we were lucky enough to have a video camera. » Read more

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European Commission stands against vendor lock-in

Lock on a building

After a decade-long battle, terms of a settlement agreement were finally reached last week between the European Commission and Microsoft regarding anticompetitiveness. The official settlement is a win for European consumers, but the simultaneous Public Undertaking on Interoperability issued by the company leaves much to be desired for the open source community. » Read more

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What the Open Government Directive Means for open source

On the heels of the Open Government Memo of January 21st, 2009, the Obama Administration has issued the Open Government Directive. The Directive tells agencies what they must do to meet the expectations set by the Memo. The directive names many deadlines for agency compliance, most of them around reducing FOIA backlogs and increasing the amount of agency data released to the public. This isn't surprising, since the Memo names transparency, collaboration, and participation as the guiding principles. » Read more

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The U.S. Department of Defense ♥ Open Source

I had the opportunity to listen to David Wennergren, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), at GOSCON last week in Washington, DC. Wennergren was the signer of the DoD’s Clarifying Guidance Regarding Open Source Software, which garnered a lot of attention from open source advocates. » Read more

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