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Mutuality 2.0: open sourcing the financial crisis

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| If open source can create complex software products, what would be needed for 
| the same techniques to apply to financial products? In software development, 
| it has become clear that "many eyeballs really do make all bugs shallow". 
| Could the same logic apply to risk-assessment in financial products? As the 
| financial world becomes divided between "safe and dull banking as a utility" 
| versus "the caveat emptor casino", open source finance could be a delivery 
| mechanism for the first.       


Open Data is coming

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| We (mainly Cameron Neylon and me) ran a session this morning on Open Data. 
| These are un-sessions which need preparation but not a strict agenda. 
| Certainly not a lecture. So we kicked off very briefly with the scene and 
| moved to the Panton Principles on what scientists want to do in publishing  
| data for the benefit of the community.   



Note to Obama: Consider the Open Source Way

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| The product will be much better in the end, and the development process will
| be much more pleasant for all of us. Moreover, we will get more favorable
| press coverage, better reviews, and more fans of our product if our story can
| focus on the product and its benefits rather than negative drama arising from
| its production.


Barack Obama proves the power of Open Source

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| It would be a bit of a stretch to claim that Barack Obama won the 2008
| election because his website ran open source software while John McCain's ran
| on proprietary software. But what is not a stretch at all is that Barack
| Obama's campaign built a powerful synergy between grass-roots politics and
| grass-roots technology, while presenting what many consider to be the most
| disciplined campaign of any candidate in modern history.


Alex Castellanos: Obama the Open Source president

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| CNN analyst Alex Castellanos — one of the Republican pundits on a rather
| large team of political experts on hand on Election Day — made both a very
| interesting and poignant point about the incoming presidency and the
| possibility of its “open source” nature.


How Web 2.0 helped Obama win

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| It became something of a running joke that McCain talked about the need
| for ‘net neutrality’ yet wasn’t someone who even used email himself. His lack
| of technology prowess was lampooned in the press, and at the tech-savvy
| Personal Democracy Forum conference in June, Mark Soohoo, McCain's deputy
| e-campaign director, drew laughter when he said, "You don't necessarily have
| to use a computer to understand how it shapes the country ... John McCain is
| aware of the Internet."


Will Obama be an open source president?

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| Last night during CNN's election coverage, after it was clear that Obama
| would become the country's 44th president, pundit Alex Castellanos wondered
| aloud whether the government under Barack Obama would take on some of the
| grass roots flavor that marked the President-Elect's campaign.


Obama Ubuntu

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| People from the Obama campaign have said that they use Ubuntu 8.04. It seems
| to be used nationally.
| Does anyone know any more about the use of Ubuntu by the Obama campaign and
| can provide us with more details?



Obama Campaign Hopes for Better Web Security

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| The requirements are pretty much what you'd read in any e-commerce security
| help-wanted ad: VPN (virtual private network) and Unix or Linux experience,
| along with a "deep understanding" of LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl)
| development. And of course, the successful candidate must be willing
| to "respond off-hours to high urgency security situations."


Obama Voices Support for ODF

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| OpenDocument Format supporters are welcoming presidential hopeful Sen. Barack
| Obama's promise to put government data online in universally accessible
| formats should he be elected.ODF a National Standard in Korea

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