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Putting the “Public” In Publicly-Funded Research

Putting the “Public” In Publicly-Funded Research

By Corynne McSherry: Sometimes an idea is so blindingly, obviously good that you have to wonder why it hasn’t already been implemented. A few years ago, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) had an idea like that. Why not create a free, public, online archive of findings from research studies that were funded by Americans’ tax dollars? That way, members […]

January 12, 2010 · 0 comments · miscellaneous
Free software without the freedom?

Free software without the freedom?

Editor’s note: This article was written by John Sullivan in February of 2006. While the date of original publication is old, the points discussed are still in play today. If you’ve never read this, or are new to the concept of Free Software, this short article is worth reading. This is a response to an article by John Carroll, addressing […]

January 12, 2010 · 0 comments · Recommended Reading
On Selling Exceptions to the GNU GPL

On Selling Exceptions to the GNU GPL

When I co-signed the letter objecting to Oracle’s planned purchase of MySQL 1 (along with the rest of Sun), some free software supporters were surprised that I approved of the practice of selling license exceptions which the MySQL developers have used. They expected me to condemn the practice outright. This article explains what I think of the practice, and why. […]

January 8, 2010 · 0 comments · privacy and licensing
Qt Graphics and Performance – OpenGL

Qt Graphics and Performance – OpenGL

Introduction Here’s the next instalment of the graphics performance blog series. We’ll begin by looking at some background about how OpenGL and QPainter work. We’ll then dive into how the two are married together in OpenGL 2 Paint Engine and finish off with some advice about how to get the best out of the engine. Enjoy! Why OpenGL? Before I […]

January 6, 2010 · 0 comments · Software

The Economic Case for Open Source Foundations

Abstract An open source foun­da­tion is a group of peo­ple and com­pa­nies that has come together to jointly develop com­mu­nity open source soft­ware. Exam­ples include the Apache Soft­ware Foun­da­tion, the Eclipse Foun­da­tion, and the Gnome Foundation. There are many rea­sons why soft­ware devel­op­ment firms join and sup­port a foun­da­tion. One com­mon eco­nomic moti­va­tion is to save costs in the devel­op­ment […]

January 6, 2010 · 0 comments · miscellaneous

Privacy by Design: The 7 Foundational Principles

Privacy by Design is a concept I developed back in the 90’s, to address the ever-growing and systemic effects of Information and Communication Technologies, and of large-scale networked data systems. Privacy by Design advances the view that the future of privacy cannot be assured solely by compliance with regulatory frameworks; rather, privacy assurance must ideally become an organization’s default mode […]

January 4, 2010 · 0 comments · privacy and licensing