Open source software policy is better without open source.

Here's a fun1 experiment: take an open source policy from your agency, company, whatever, and strike out the words "open source". Bam, you now have a much more sensible and reasonable "software" policy. When the OMB and DOD declared open source software to be "commercial software," it wasn't a bureaucratic trick to legitimize open source. … Continue reading Open source software policy is better without open source.

Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

Apparently, Shake it Up, a Disney kid's show, has an over-the-top stereotype nerd dispensing computer security advice: Nerd: Did you use open-source code to save time, and the virus was hidden in it? Stupid: Maybe? Nerd: Rookie mistake. Slashdot will, of course, lose its mind, but the real headline is that open source was mentioned in the first … Continue reading Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

Make Your Public Interest Apps Open Source.

There’s a disturbing trend in public-interest apps: They’re released for free, but without clear open source licensing or access to source code. I think it’s not that the developers don’t want the apps to be open source — they just don’t think of doing it (and perhaps don’t understand, or don’t know from personal experience, how great … Continue reading Make Your Public Interest Apps Open Source.