☞ Going Open

  • “participants have reached unanimous agreement that the time is right for making available to the public the consolidated text coming out of these discussions” — About time too. They couldn’t keep it secret any longer because too many people – including those inside the process – thought it was a disgrace. I wonder if they had to surrender any principles to the US in order to gain that unanimous agreement? We’ll know on Wednesday, after which the “you’re wrong and I’ll not tell you why” defence for ACTA’s apologists is also off the table.
  • “any reasonable analysis shows that a monthly password change has little or no end impact on improving security! It is a ‘best practice’ based on experience 30 years ago with non-networked mainframes in a DoD environment” — Given how old this article is, surely corporate security experts should have got a clue by now?
  • Excellent article differentiates open source and crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is the phenomenon previously known as sharecropping. Sadly it characterises the attitude many corporations have towards the communities they have created and call “open source communities”. But truly open source communities align the fractional self-interest of many around the evolution of a free software commons, and that is almost the polar opposite of crowdsourcing.
  • Good to see a politician taking the need for a leap into the connected era seriously. I fear Tom may have alienated himself from his party leadership, so this initiative is unlikely to spread fast. But he’s a crucial voice of reason in this particular debate and needs our support.
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