Update, January 5, 2008: Captain David Faggard, Chief of Emerging Technology for the U.S. Air Force, sent me an updated version of their chart, whose changes are based on your comments. The chart appears in this article, and you can click on it to download a full-sized PDF version. You’ve probably seen many articles on companies and organizations saying that they take social media seriously.
I recently got through reading the paper by Jyh-An Lee [PDF warning], who is a J.S.D. candidate and a Law and Economics fellow at Stanford, about the policy implications of open source software and thought it sufficiently comprehensive and well written. I consider research on this subject to be timely and appropriate for several reasons, of which the growing relevance of public policy on open source software (OSS) is but one. While open source is an undeniable production [development] and distribution model, it is first and foremost a disruptive force . I'm neither the first nor the most eloquent in stating that open source is far bigger than the software industry and even IT in general. While what is being witnessed within the software industry remains a compelling case for the potential of open source as a bona-fide disruptive force, it should be kept in proper perspective of the general trend towards open paradigms.
CIO — JP Rangaswami is not your typical CIO, but he is certainly an outspoken one. The current CIO of global services at British Telecom and former CIO of Dresder Kleinwort (named CIO of the Year by Waters Magazine in 2003) is passionate about IT, open source and Web 2.0. He writes in his blog Confused of Calcutta, "ever since I read The Cluetrain Manifesto I have believed in the 'markets are conversations' theme" and his credo is required reading for any executive contemplating Web 2.0 and the future of information sharing. His take on e-mail is also unusual. For example, he reads no e-mails he is cc'd on, only those addressed to him alone. And at Dresdner Kleinwort, he opened his e-mails—both incoming and outgoing—to his management team.