Gene Quinn's recent post titled "What Happened to the Obama Open Source Initiative?" criticizes, in turns, open source software, Scott McNealy, the Obama administration, and "business newbies" who want to use the open source software model.
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
Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama addressed members of the Indian parliament and announced a U.S.-India Open Government Dialogue. Addressing a rare joint session of the Indian Parliament that brought together the two different houses -- the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha -- Obama said that as the... Read more
The following article is largely based on a talk by Andy Pethan and Colin Zwiebel, "State of Open Data in Education," at the LinuxCon 2010 education mini-summit. What happens when you open data? Six months ago, the MTA in New York released a dataset under GTFS, a format for transporation... Read more
America held its first billion-dollar political race in 2008 – DVR use soared (no surprise there). A new lineup of over-produced ads and under-researched hit pieces have yet to hit primetime, and accountability advocates are already worried about November.
Market confidence is a valuable commodity in tough economic times. And governments will try just about anything to inspire some. Recapitalization--bailouts--for struggling sectors is one approach. Another (less deficit-inducing) solution seeks to inspire confidence through a sizable dose of... Read more
Dave Cole, Senior Advisor to the CIO of the Executive Office of the President, presented an awesome keynote to more than 3,000 attendees at DrupalCon San Francisco 2010 on April 21. His keynote was about open source in government, and he talked about how whitehouse.gov has become a platform to... Read more
In the discussions around some of my previous articles, I've noticed a trend: we seem to be focusing on cultural changes that need to be made for the open source way to be effective in contexts beyond technology.
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... Read more
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... Read more