Kevin O'Brien likes to talk. Luckily for computer users everywhere, he likes to talk about free and open source software. O'Brien is tech track lead for Penguicon and former publicity director for Ohio LinuxFest, but he's perhaps best known for his fortnightly podcasts on community-run podcast... Read more
When Edward Snowden leaked intelligence files, a storm was triggered in the cloud, leaving a path of destruction. Snowden’s email provider Lavabit shut down. So has the email offering of Silent Circle. The Guardian ran a story declaring: Lavabit’s closure marks the death of secure cloud computing... Read more
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
In a new blog post, Gartner’s Andrea Di Maio asks if it’s time to pull the plug on government websites? Di Maio cites one Japanese city’s decision to migrate its online presence to Facebook as an example of an outside-the-box approach to government web operations. One comment from ‘Carolyn’ makes a... Read more
Google Health was doomed from the start. It was based on a legal fallacy and a technical one.
Seems like every couple of months, a major security breach story hits the news — and I don't mean thieves cracking into Sony's account servers; I mean the police breaking down some dissident's door in a political trouble-spot, or even companies like Apple and Google tracking everything you do... Read more
Yesterday Peter Eckersly posted at eff.org about the EFF's coming Open Wireless Movement. Here's what he had to say: If you sometimes find yourself needing an open wireless network in order to check your email from a car, a street corner, or a park, you may have noticed that they're getting... Read more
Google Health is approaching its second birthday, and according to some, also near death. I can't help but speculate that if it is indeed shuffling off the digital coil, that its demise has something to do with a general unwillingness to hand over such sensitive information to a company that... 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
Facebook announced this week that they will begin republishing user information in ads in a feature called "sponsored stories." They'll be using your likes and check-ins with sponsors in ads that your friends will see.