Article: How Global Forest Watch uses open source to fight deforestation

Innovation, Open Source, Software

How Global Forest Watch uses open source to fight deforestation

“We are highly dependent on the open source frameworks and libraries developed by the community,” Global Forest Watch Engineering Lead Thomas Maschler says. “There is so much innovation coming out of open source software. We tend to be on the early adopter side when it comes to tools and frameworks and we wouldn’t be able to move at the same speed if we would work with proprietary software.”

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Article: The battle between Big Tech and the free press

Access, Censorship, Media

The battle between Big Tech and the free press

Worldwide, the free press is waging a battle for survival against Facebook and Google. Besides being gushing firehoses of Covid disinformation and QAnon conspiracies, Google and Facebook have been dangerously undermining the financial stability of media outlets all over the world.

Note that Google and Facebook could tweak their design and algorithms to purposefully drive users to the original news sources’ websites. But they don’t. They prefer to repackage and monetise product from the original producer without paying for it. In other industries, that’s called theft.

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Article: The Real Battle Between Big Tech and The Free Press is Just Beginning

Content Integrity, Digital Content, Media, Open Source

The Real Battle Between Big Tech and the Free Press Is Just Beginning | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • SmithsonianThe Real Battle Between Big Tech and The Free Press is Just Beginning

From Australia to Maryland, the News Industry Is in a Fight for Its Life Against Facebook and Google.

From Australia to Maryland, the free press is waging a battle for survival against Facebook and Google. Besides being gushing firehoses of COVID disinformation and QAnon conspiracies, Google and Facebook have been dangerously undermining the financial stability of media outlets all over the world.

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Article: How dark fiber can support flexible networks for local government

Dark Fiber

How dark fiber can support flexible networks for local government

Instead of relying on commercial internet services providers and sharing fiber infrastructure with other entities, dark fiber gives counties the opportunity to use and manage their own, private broadband infrastructure.

This is relevant for counties that want to make sure their network connections and communications are secure, said Rebecca Hunter, a corporate strategist for Crown Castle, one of the United States’ leading providers of raw fiberoptic cable.

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