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Open Source: The Antidote for “Too Big to Fail”

Michael Tiemann | OpenSource.com | October 20, 2011

If you look at the evolution of the IT landscape over the past 30 years, you see two distinct trends: the continued growth of the IT dinosaurs (mainframe computing and mainframe wannabes like Sun) and the emergence of highly modular, adaptable systems, which, by their very process of evolution, not only best suit the current needs, but plant the seeds for the next computer revolution. Read More »

OpenID Connect May Usher In A New Era Of Federated Online Identity

Alex Howard | Tech Republic | May 15, 2014

OpenID Connect is designed to replace username/password authentication. The protocol, in use by Google and others, may solve governments' needs to authenticate users accessing digital services...

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Peer Learning Helps Tanzania Reach New Ground with Open Data

When we introduced Tanzanian open data officials to their UK counterparts they shared home truths about problems, gaining new perspective and inspiration to engage users, communicate more and seek support from those who can help. Learning from peers is essential to building momentum behind new open data programmes. As part of our work with the Tanzanian government we were delighted to facilitate their meeting with key figures from government, NGOs, businesses, NGOs and startups in the UK, during a London Study Tour...

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Pentagon App Store Is Open, But The Shelves Are Pretty Bare

William Matthews | Nextgov.com | May 8, 2014

The Defense Information Systems Agency’s new Mobile Applications Store is open for business, but don’t expect to shop there for military-grade killer software...But of the 19 apps available in the store as of April 30, only one is a unique military application—DoD Safe Helpline...

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Pokémon Go Might Be the Fastest-Growing Unintentional Health App

Heather Mack | MobiHealthNews | July 11, 2016

It’s a fast-growing fitness app that wasn’t intended to be one. Crippling servers, blowing up social media and getting kids and Millennials moving, Pokémon Go has been an instant hit since it launched last week. Pokémon Go, which uses augmented reality to allow users to capture monsters in real life, has an estimated 7.5 million downloads in its one-week life -- putting it on track to outpace Twitter's daily active user count. There is a surge of Google searches for all things Pokémon. It’s bigger than Tinder. And it isn’t even worldwide yet...

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Protestor Tech: Apps In The Hands Of Revolutionaries

Karsten Strauss | Forbes | February 25, 2014

The modern-day protestor and revolutionary needs more than just a helmet, throwing-stones and heart filled with righteous passion. These days technology offers invaluable tools to those speaking out against oppressive regimes. Read More »

Public Sentiment On HealthCare.gov Takes A Nosedive

Joseph Marks | Nextgov | October 18, 2013

The public’s impression of HealthCare.gov, the Obama administration’s online health insurance marketplace, remains deeply negative two weeks after its troubled launch, according to an analysis of Twitter sentiment. Read More »

Raytheon's 'Google for Spies' Tracks You From Social-Media Sharing — And Fast

Rebecca Greenfield | The Atlantic Wire | February 11, 2013

As if you weren't paranoid enough about your Facebook privacy settings, now your ever social-media move can be mined for the purposes of actual spying... Read More »

Recent Hurricanes Have the Coast Guard Rethinking Social Media’s Role in Rescue and Response

Nicole Ogrysko | Federal News Radio | September 21, 2017

The U.S. Coast Guard is still knee-deep in rescue and response efforts as the third major hurricane in three weeks hits the U.S. and its territories. But the agency has already learned a thing or two from its initial response efforts and is thinking about new tools it should develop to better prepare for future disasters. When 911 call centers quickly overloaded in Houston, residents in the area quickly took to Facebook and Twitter to ask for help...

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Reducing My Digital Burden

Last weekend, I started a process that some may consider regressive.   I began deleting my social media accounts to improve the signal to noise ratio in my life. 10 years ago I wrote about the importance of social media and building networks of colleagues, collaborators and relationships. During that decade our social norms have changed to the point that we walk off cliffs, text while driving, and document every microsecond of our lives on devices that have become the centerpiece of our waking hours. The problem has gotten so profound that Google has introduced artificial intelligence technology to respond to messaging for you - “LOL”, “cute dog”,  “a movie at 7pm is great”...

Security's Future Belongs To Open Source

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | ZDNet | May 20, 2014

It's really not a debate question, it's just the way it is. The world runs on Linux and open-source software...

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Social Media Can 'Buoy' Disaster Preparedness and Response

Molly Merrill | Healthcare IT News | July 28, 2011

Social media such as Facebook, Twitter and foursquare may be important keys to improving the public health system's ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, according to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read More »

Social Media Is “Worst Menace To Society” Says Turkey PM, 25 Twitter Users Arrested

Gregory Ferenstein | TechCrunch | June 5, 2013

Turkish authorities have arrested 25 protesters for the high crime of using Twitter. Amid widespread violent clashes, police rounded up netizens on Tuesday night for “spreading untrue information.” Read More »

Social Media's Role In The Evolution Of FrontlineSMS

Ken Banks | PBS | September 26, 2012

It's Social Media Week this week, and in recognition of this and our seventh anniversary next month, we'd like to reflect on the role that social media has played in the history and development of FrontlineSMS. Read More »

Take Back Your Log-In: It’s Time To Move Away From Facebook Connect And Toward OpenID

Paul Fremantle | GIGAOM | September 20, 2014

It might seem easier to outsource your website’s log-in to Facebook. But do you really want to hand over all your user data to another company?...

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