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Microsoft Acquires GitHub. What – Too Soon?

Ten years ago Microsoft and Linux seemed to be in a fight to the death. Today, Microsoft is one of the biggest supporters of open source projects. Still, it's acquisition of the globe's biggest development host leaves some uneasy. Should they be?

Will Blockchains Include Insecurity by Design?

The twenty-five countries participating in a global standards effort to create security standards for the blockchain were surprised to find some unusual national representatives from Russia involved: employees of the FSB, the state security service that took over from the KGB.

Open Source and Standards Must Mesh for Blockchains to Succeed

There’s a belief in some open source circles that standards can be consigned to the ash heap of history now that OSS development has become so central to information technology. While it’s true that today many use cases can be addressed with OSS where open standards would have been used in the past, that approach can’t solve all problems. Blockchains are great, but without the right data standards to go with them, some may never succeed.

It's Time for the Personal DataSphere (Finally!)

What if you controlled all of your personal data instead of a dozen enormous companies? That could happen.

Open Source or Open Standards? (Yes!) The Future has Arrived

Can open source solve all interoperability problems? It can, but a mix of open source and open standards can be best of all. Kubernetes shows us how it's done.

Please Welcome the Community Data License

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Oct 24, 2017 7:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Fifteen years ago new open source licenses were popping up like mushrooms, complicating the spread of Open Source. It took a decade to sort things out. Can Open Data escape the same fate? (Yes!)

Open Source: Jumping the Shark or Poised for Dominance?

Open source is at a critical juncture. The challenge? Fitting all the pieces together in complex stacks without using the right glue.

Supreme Court Curtails Patent Case

The Supreme Court issued an opinion today that restricts the ability of patent owners to choose the court in which they bring an infringement suit. That means life just got harder for patent trolls.

Google Announces Android “PAX” Cross-License Program – But to What Purpose?

Remember the bad old days of SCO, FUD and ultimate glory? An announcement by Google this week suggests there may be a patent tempest just over the horizon for Android.

Monday Witness: It's Time to Reconize a Civil Right Not to be Connected

Along with death and taxes, two things appear inevitable. The first is that wireless connectivity will not only be built into everything we can imagine, but into everything we can't as well. The buyer should have the right to decide whether to be connected or not.

Court Rules Standards Incorporated by Reference into Laws Need not be Free

Wait - What? Actually, there's more to it than you might think

How to Hack a Presidential Election

According to Donald Trump, "the US Presidential Election is rigged!" Unfortunately, that's easier to do than you might like to think.

Another Expert Weighs in on Election Hacking

Today the old Gray Lady, the New York Times, no less, weighed in on election hacking in an Op/Ed piece titled The Election Won't be Rigged. But it Could be Hacked... The solution, according to the author, is to require that all voting machines work off of hand-marked paper ballots that can then be reviewed after the election to discover any fraud. Incredibly, not only do many voting machines now in use not use paper ballots, but they don’t preserve any sort of primary electronic record, either – just the final totals (authentic or hacked, as the case may be).

The Hacking of the 2016 Election – Did I Write the Script?

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jul 29, 2016 4:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Well, it's about time. People are finally realizing how easy it would be to hack an election - assuming it hasn't happened already.

Open Standards, Move Over

Well, that's not a title I ever thought I'd use. But there you have it - open source foundations are taking over the role that open standards consortia used to play

How to Build (and Not Build) an Author Website

So you've written a book and want to promote it. Sure you know how to build a website. But how about an author website that really works hard to sell books? There's more to it than just HTML

UK Cabinet Office Says “Hello, You Must be Going” to ODF

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Sep 23, 2015 2:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The UK Home Office continued its path towards full support for ODF by issuing its ODF Adoption Plan last week. It also suggested that the relevance of "documents" in public/private interaction is approaching its end.

What is Open Source Pharma (and why should you care?)

There's a way to save millions of lives a year that's based on open source software

Standards of Political Civility and Darwin's Finches

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Aug 18, 2015 7:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I wrote this piece five years ago. Sadly, it's still timely today. Only the names have been changed to update the idiots

Exclusive Presidential Debate Preview!

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Aug 5, 2015 3:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor
A couple of years ago, LXer readers followed the first dozen chapters of my second cybersecurity thriller. Now it's done, and the fictional events I dreamed up are (again) already happening in the real world. Yikes!

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