Article: The Next Industry Open Data Will Shake Up

Civil Society, Data, Innovation, Open Source

The Next Industry Open Data Will Shake Up

There’s so much hype around the idea of open data regimes that the natural inclination is to be cynical and say it will never deliver on its promise.

But let’s suspend our cynicism, if only for a while, and imagine a world where compliance-driven open data regimes (actually) put power back into the hands of consumers. The consumers’ decisions then drive significant change among providers and, as a result, change the world for the better.

Consumers already have so much information and data on their phones and already have the power to change.

With these kinds of tools in their pockets, the power to change will literally be at our fingertips.

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Article: Open data journalism, making stories better

Data, Media, Open Source

Open data journalism, making stories better

Traditional journalistic work is presented to the reader in its complete, hopefully perfect form, while open journalism encourages reader participation from the start. It represents a key change in the role’s perception of news agencies—rather than being a sheer distributor of the news; it becomes a knowledgeable voice that steers a discussion around the news.

Open journalism has the power to turn all of us into experts, each with our own unique experience, skills, and perspective that contribute to the global story, and reporters who can use the power of the web can produce stronger, better stories.

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Article: Improving Open-source Software Security for Java Developers

Open Source, Software

Improving Open-source Software Security for Java Developers

Whether it be next-generation supply chain attacks like the Codecov incident or social engineering attempts to deliberately introduce vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel code, threats against developers are consistently evolving and come from least expected places.

The introduction of vulnerable code in an upstream repository or a published release – whether intentional or not, can threaten the security of the wider software supply chain, especially for open-source components that are trusted and consumed by thousands.

Therefore, introducing automatic pre-flight security checks before a component enters the distribution stage can help spread awareness among software publishers and highlight insights that might have otherwise been missed.

Bringing awareness to security issues lurking in applications in this way safeguards the wider software supply chain from known bugs and vulnerable dependencies.

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Article: Interplanetary File System Could Pave the Way for a Distributed, Permanent Web

Data, Decentralized Internet, Open Source, Web 3.0

Interplanetary File System Could Pave the Way for a Distributed, Permanent Web

“IPFS is general purpose, and has little in the way of storage limitations,” wrote Neocities founder Kyle Drake in a blog post announcing his company’s decision to become the first major website to implement IPFS. “It can serve files that are large or small. It automatically breaks up larger files into smaller chunks, allowing IPFS nodes to download (or stream) files from not just one server like with HTTP, but hundreds of them simultaneously. The IPFS network becomes a finely-grained, trust-less, distributed, easily federated content delivery network (CDN). This is useful for pretty much everything involving data: images, video streaming, distributed databases, entire operating systems, blockchains, backups of 8-inch floppy disks, and most important for us, static web sites.”

Ultimately, these core notions behind IPFS may be one solution to build a distributed, permanent web. It’s one possible alternative to the brittle and hypercentralized system that we’ve now arrived at with outdated protocols like HTTP — and potentially a useful hedge against an uncertain future.

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Article: The internet paradigm shift is here: Are you prepared for Web 3.0?

Decentralized Internet, Open Source, Operating Systems, Web 3.0

The internet paradigm shift is here: Are you prepared for Web 3.0?

The Web 3.0 — with all the components of its stack, from networking, computing, storage to end-user applications — is being developed. This new era that embraces freedom, flexibility, accessibility and reliability involves a massive change — a paradigm shift — that will allow users to adopt decentralized and censorship-resistant solutions in order to become self-sovereign. Within the next generation of platforms, computing providers are striving to build open and fairer systems to prepare for this paradigm shift.

Improved technology, user experience and education of users is pertinent to the preparation for the next paradigm shift. Web 3.0 will bring us a fairer internet with uninterrupted services, reduced data breaches and more freedom and capability to run applications anywhere in the world on a decentralized platform. It’s only a matter of time before end users realize the better infrastructure needed to support the digitization of the world — and this next chapter in our human history.

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Article: To Succeed In Decentralizing Digital Identity, Focus On Relationships First

Decentralized Internet, Open Source, Web 3.0

To Succeed In Decentralizing Digital Identity, Focus On Relationships First

Decentralized identity technology aims to do much better, making users and their devices the sole authoritative sources of personal data by using digital identity wallets. These would function as if they were payment wallets, where a user could dole out as much personal data on request as they see fit to share in even more privacy-enhanced ways. Trusted issuers would lodge the data in the form of tamper-resistant verifiable credentials (VCs), and verifiers would have ways of retrieving and checking the sources of these VCs. Distributed ledgers serve to underpin issuer networks.

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Article: 3 Key Advantages of Open-Source Intelligence

Open Source, Software

3 Key Advantages of Open-Source Intelligence

Those paid sources of business intelligence have their place, but paying for knowledge is not always in the budget. The good news is there are sources of knowledge that are totally free for the taking.

Those totally free sources of information are known collectively as open-source intelligence or OSINT, and they can be a gold mine for business owners, marketers, and branding experts. Here are three big advantages of incorporating open-source intelligence gathering into your own marketing, branding, and customer service efforts.

  1. There Are No Legal Implications
  2. The Data You Need is Available Anywhere and at Any Time
  3. Access is Cheap, or Even Free

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Article: European Processor Initiative Tapes Out Their First RISC-V Test Chip

Hardware, Open Source, Software

European Processor Initiative Tapes Out Their First RISC-V Test Chip

The EPI recently announced that it has developed its first RISC-V device, the EPAC1.0, a RISC vector processor using the RISC-V ISA. Using the RISC-V architecture, the device can work with software libraries and other developments in the RISC-V environment. Furthermore, RISC-V removes the need for royalties and licenses when manufacturing processors that free the EPI from any outside commercial interest.

While RISC-V is nowhere near as popular as x86 or ARM, it is starting to gain traction and will undoubtedly become a major competitor. In addition, the use of an open-source ISA enables any manufacturer to create their own code-compatible CPU without worrying about licenses or royalties, which supports the development of lower-priced processors and encourages the use of open-source hardware.

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Article: A revival at the intersection of open source and open standards

Open Source, Software

A revival at the intersection of open source and open standards

I served as a volunteer firefighter in California for 10 years and witnessed firsthand the critical importance of technology in helping firefighters communicate efficiently and deliver safety-critical information quickly. Typically, multiple agencies show up to fight these fires, bringing with them radios made by different manufacturers that each use proprietary software to set radio frequencies. As a result, reprogramming these radios so that teams could communicate with one another is an unnecessarily slow — and potentially life-threatening — process.

If the radio manufacturers had instead all contributed to an open-source implementation conforming to a standard, the radios could have been quickly aligned to the same frequencies. Radio manufacturers could have provided a valuable, life-saving tool rather than a time-wasting obstacle, and they could have shared the cost of developing such software. In this situation, like so many others, there is no competitive advantage to be gained from proprietary radio-programming software and many priceless benefits to gain by standardizing.

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Article: Covid-19 Vaccination Passes Could Catalyze Self-Sovereign Identity Adoption

Data, Decentralized Internet, Open Source, Software

Covid-19 Vaccination Passes Could Catalyze Self-Sovereign Identity Adoption