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Martha Kanter and Jim Shelton of the US Department of Education open the 2011 Open Education Conference

Martha Kanter, Undersecretary of Education in the US Department of Education, gave today's opening keynote at the 2011 Open Education Conference in Park City, UT, followed by Jim Shelton, the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement.

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Community Spotlight: Scott Nesbitt, Contributor to FLOSS Manuals

Meet Scott Nesbitt. He's a freelance writer and consultant in Toronto, Canada. He uses open source tools for more than 85 percent of the work he does. He's idealistic about more getting more open data from our governments. Nesbitt also contributes to FLOSS Manuals (FLOSS stands for Free/Libre open source...

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Oracle Works on DTrace for Linux

Oracle plans to include support for Solaris' well-known Dtrace analysis software in its "Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 2"; the latter will probably be included in a future version of Oracle Linux based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This is according to reports in The Register and Datamation in reference to a slide that Oracle's Chief Corporate Architect Edward Screven showed at a speech given at Oracle OpenWorld 2011 this week.

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Harnessing Citizen Participation Via Social Media and Open Source Tools

Last week, I had the opportunity to present for the Maryland Association of Counties (MACO) summer meeting along with Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. Earlier this year, he announced that Baltimore County would be launching 23 technology initiatives and he shared a bit about their social...

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Low-cost Open Source Wi-Fi May Cover New Ground

Geeks Without Frontiers is at the final stage of building a low-cost, open source Wi-Fi software that aims to provide affordable broadband in new locations.

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The Mozilla Public License - Almost 2.0 (Part 1)

Over the past 18 months, the Mozilla community has been revising the Mozilla Public License. See earlier post. We recently announced, in true community development fashion, a release candidate--the text that we hope will become MPL 2.0 after one last set of eyes review it.

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