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Social Media and Law Enforcement: Who Gets What Data and When?

This month, we were reminded how important it is that social media companies do what they can to protect the sensitive data they hold from the prying eyes of the government. As many news outlets have reported, the US Department of Justice recently obtained a court order for records from Twitter on several of its users related to the WikiLeaks […]

January 20, 2011 · 0 comments · Commentary

No double standards: supporting Google’s push for WebM

We’ve signed up as a supporter of the WebM Project, and we encourage other foundations and organizations to join us—write to webmaster @@@ webmproject.org to learn how. Today, we’re also urging Web site operators to distribute videos in the WebM format, and abandon H.264 Last week, Google announced that it plans to remove support for the H.264 video codec from […]

January 19, 2011 · 0 comments · Commentary

The Next Net

The moment the “net neutrality” debate began was the moment the net neutrality debate was lost. For once the fate of a network – its fairness, its rule set, its capacity for social or economic reformation – is in the hands of policymakers and the corporations funding them – that network loses its power to effect change. The mere fact […]

January 11, 2011 · 0 comments · Commentary

Open Source community building: a guide to getting it right

Community development in open source software is not just for geeks in sandals nor for niche Linux companies any more. It’s mainstream and it’s here to stay. The recent analysis of companies contributing code to the Linux kernel shows that large companies including Novell, IBM, Intel, Nokia and Texas Instruments are getting serious about engaging in community development. Organisations such […]

January 5, 2011 · 1 comment · Commentary

The most important work for freedom that this culture has seen in generations

“The Free Software Foundation and Richard Stallman’s work represents the most important work for freedom that this culture, the American culture, has seen in many many generations because it takes the ideas of freedom and it removes it from the ivory tower, and it removes it from lawyers, and places it in a community—a technology community—that is one of the […]

December 30, 2010 · 0 comments · Commentary

The top 10 best Android games of 2010

The history books will doubtless look back on 2010 as the year the whole Google mobile platform idea really took off. As the year closes out, the quality of handsets from the likes of HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and even LG is uniformly strong. The Android OS itself, too, has benefited from the (occasionally maddening) iterative approach Google has adopted. The […]

December 29, 2010 · 0 comments · Commentary