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What “Open Data” Means – and What it Doesn’t

Last week, an article in the Wall Street Journal talked about the Open Data Partnership, which “will allow consumers to edit the interests, demographics and other profile information collected about them. It also will allow people to choose to not be tracked at all.” The article goes on to discuss...

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Corporate Change: Contributing to Open Source

About five years ago I was hired by a software company that specialized in database security. Some of our software was used to protect databases in military assets and major banks. But a lot of development was very remote from top-secret weapons or classified information. For example, we wrote a...

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EPIC FAIL: The Sorry State of Web Education in Schools

Anna Debenham brought the house down with this outstanding presentation at the Mozilla Drumbeat Festival.

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Three Unspoken Blockers that Prevent Professors from Teaching Open Source Community Participation

One of the hardest things about trying to bridge two worlds--for instance, open source communities and academic institutions--is all the stuff you don't hear on a daily basis when you're working remotely. Sometimes it takes several rounds of garlic bread and pasta for people to begin articulating what's blocking them...

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How To Configure PureFTPd To Accept TLS Sessions On OpenSUSE 11.3

FTP is a very insecure protocol because all passwords and all data are transferred in clear text. By using TLS, the whole communication can be encrypted, thus making FTP much more secure. This article explains how to configure PureFTPd...

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