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Could Obama's Campaign Tech Gurus Fix Healthcare.gov? Let's Ask 'Em!

Tim Murphy | Mother Jones | October 24, 2013

The president's reelection team never had to tackle a project this big—or federal procurement rules... Read More »

4 Big Ways Companies Benefit from Having Open Source Program Offices

In the first article in my series on open source program offices, I took a deep dive into what an open source program office is and why your company might need one. Next I looked at how Google created a new kind of open source program office. In this article, I'll explain a few benefits of having an open source program office. At first glance, one big reason why a company not in the business of software development might more enthusiastically embrace an open source program office is because they have less to lose. After all, they're not gambling with software products that are directly tied to revenue...

A Free, Open Resource to Solve Our Third World Problems

Corruption, poverty, war, hunger, healthcare, education, safety. These are only a few of the problems faced by people in developing countries. Many of these problems are caused by exclusion, fear, intimidation, broken infrastructure, and lack of money, resources, access to information, and tools. These are hard problems to solve but, as Theodore Roosevelt said: "Nothing in this world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty." At the core of open source are communities. Communities of like-minded individuals, working together, openly and freely sharing ideas and solutions for the benefit of others...

All About SOPA, the Bill That Wants to Cripple Your Internet Very Soon

Adam Dachis | Life Hacker | December 16, 2011

SOPA, or the Stop Online Piracy Act, is another one of those bills that sounds like it's going to do something mildly positive but, in reality, has serious potential to negatively change the internet as we know it. It puts power in the hands of the entertainment industry to censor sites that allegedly "engage in, enable or facilitate" copyright infringement. This language vague enough to encompass sites you use every day, like Twitter and Facebook, making SOPA a serious problem. Here's how it works and what you can do about it.

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Apple, Facebook, Others Defy Authorities, Notify Users Of Secret Data Demands

Craig Timberg | The Washington Post | May 1, 2014

Major U.S. technology companies have largely ended the practice of quietly complying with investigators’ demands for e-mail records and other online data, saying that users have a right to know in advance when their information is targeted for government seizure.  

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Attention CEO’s: You Are In The Software Business. Now What?

Jim Zemlin | Linux.com | October 4, 2012

Whether you’re Nissan or Toyota, Walmart or Nordstrom, NYSE or NASDAQ, you are in the software business. Every company today, regardless of whether or not they’re a “technology” company, is in the business of building software. Today’s consumers demand it.

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Big Data in Healthcare’s True Promise: Better Individualized Care

Frank X. Speidel | HIT Consultant | July 15, 2013

Frank X. Speidel, MD shares his insights on how big data in healthcare can be harnessed for better, faster and more individualized patient care. Read More »

Bizarre 'Attribution' Troll Bullies Twitter Users Into Compliance With Baseless Legal Threats

Tim Cushing | Techdirt | February 14, 2013

My apologies ahead of time for the length of this piece, but anything shorter wouldn't do the subject justice. I will, however, provide plenty of pictures and blockquotes. This post deals with a strange copyright troll, which bullies people into properly attributing a quoted poem... Read More »

Browse Your Library’s e-Journals On Your Device With BrowZine

Megan von Isenburg | iMedicalApps | January 8, 2015

Review of BrowZine for iPhone, iPad, and Android...

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Can Africa’s Mobile Phones And Maps Usher In A Governance Revolution?

Michael Keller | Txchologist | December 10, 2013

For crime victims in the Kenyan town of Lamet Umoja, where before there was silence, now there is Twitter. Read More »

Can Cell Phones Stop Crime In The World's Murder Capitals?

Uri Friedman | The Atlantic | May 7, 2014

...In recent years, police have courted cell phone-toting citizens as crime "censors" everywhere from Washington, D.C. to the tiny Kenyan village of Lanet Umoja. But the practice has gained particular traction in Latin America, which, as the UN reported in April, has the highest rate of criminal violence on the planet (the region accounts for 8 percent of the world's population and a third of its murders)...

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Can You Help Me, Dr Geek?

Lis Evenstad | eHealth Insider | December 6, 2012

The first Digital Doctors Conference in London covered the basics of programming. Lis Evenstad found delegates enthusiastic about everything from learning HTML to generating ideas for apps. Read More »

Copyright and Wrong

Nicholas Deleon | The Daily | October 28, 2011

A piece of legislation backed by the MPAA was introduced in the House of Representatives this week and threatens to upend the way we use the Internet. The E-Parasites Act, a contrived acronym for Enforcing and Protecting American Rights Against Sites Intent on Theft and Exploitation, seeks to give the attorney general broad power to create a blacklist of websites that “induce” copyright in Read More »

Cover Oregon Should Have Used Open-Source Software: Guest Opinion

John Miller | Oregon Live | March 3, 2014

To me, guest columnist Charles Jennings accurately represents the old school IT mentality - "No one ever got fired for buying IBM."  I couldn't gather from his essay whether he knows anything about modern software development methodology.

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Crisis Communication: Saving Time and Lives in Disasters through Smarter Social Media

As the worst bushfires seen for generations in New South Wales raged across the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and the Central Coast two years ago, people urgently needed fast, reliable information – and many turned to their phones to get it. The NSW Rural Fire Service was prepared with a smartphone app, Fires Near Me, which was downloaded almost 200,000 times. At the height of the fires, its Facebook page was recording more than a million views an hour. A social media campaign also helped the NSW Rural Fire Service Facebook community more than double from 120,000 to 280,000, while its Twitter reach jumped from 20,000 to 37,000 followers. Crucially, this helped to alert people to danger areas and places to avoid driving near...

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