Friday, May 31, 2013

Istanbul residents try to save their park

"ISTANBUL — At midnight on Thursday, one of the few remaining parks in the center of this city was filled with people singing, dancing, talking, giving speeches, and preparing to camp out. Before dawn this morning, it was violently cleared by armored police spraying tear gas — a cycle that's repeated itself over the past few days as protesters seek to halt the demolition of the park and the building of a shopping mall there."

The protest has built largely from social media interaction.  And it's apparently still growing.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Open Source software catching on with government

"He noted that for the past couple of years, Open Source software has been helping public sector organisations become more innovative, more agile and more cost-effective by building on the collaborative efforts of Open Source communities.
The National Security Agency, for example, has used open source to reduce the cost of its high-security systems to drive better security. Similarly, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — a relatively new agency — has even gone as far as being ‘Open Source by default’, by releasing everything it does to the community."

People with like interests creating software that is better than the commercial variety.  The world is changing.