Open Source Life: How the open movement will change everything Consider this: in just a few short years, the open-source encyclopedia Wikipedia has made closed-source encyclopedias obsolete — both the hard-bound kind and the CD-ROM or commercial online kind. Goodbye World Book and Brittanica. Sure, these companies still exist, but their customer base is rapidly shrinking as more and more people would rather go with Wikipedia — it’s free, it’s easy to use, and it’s much, much more up-to-date. This is but one example of how the concept of open source has changed our lives already. Over the next 10 years or so, we’ll be seeing many more examples, and the effects could change just about every aspect of our lives. The open-source concept was popularized through GNU and the GPL, and it has spread ever since, in an increasingly rapid manner. Now consider this: the open-source concept doesn’t have to just apply to software. Schools.
Direct democracy Direct democracy (also known as pure democracy) is a form of democracy in which people decide (e.g. vote on, form consensus on, etc.) policy initiatives directly, as opposed to a representative democracy in which people vote for representatives who then decide policy initiatives. Depending on the particular system in use, it might entail passing executive decisions, the use of sortition, making laws, directly electing or dismissing officials and conducting trials. Two leading forms of direct democracy are participatory democracy and deliberative democracy. Most countries that are representative democracies allow for three forms of political action that provide limited direct democracy: referendum (plebiscite), initiative, and recall. History Modern-era citizen lawmaking began in the towns of Switzerland in the 13th century. Examples Ancient Athens Switzerland United States
Guideline for External Use of Web 2.0 1. Publication Date The publication date of this guideline is November 18th, 2011, and it will be reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis as appropriate. 2. Purpose This guideline is designed to provide specific guidance to Government of Canada departments on the use of externally facing Web 2.0 tools and services. This guideline does not alter or replace any existing legislation or policy instrument. Designate clear accountability for the coordination of departmental Web 2.0 initiatives; and Develop guidance for personnel on the use of Web 2.0 that addresses expected behaviours, benefits, risks and consequences for all types of potential use (official use, professional networking use and personal use). This guidance may not cover every situation, but it will help departments make good choices that mitigate risks while maximizing benefits of these tools and services. 2.1 Application This guideline was released by the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) Chief Information Officer Branch. 3. 4.
Government Are we on the cusp of seeing dramatic changes in the way governments operate by publishing and consuming open data? Mark Headd, Developer Evangelism at Accela seems to think so. Earlier this year, Croatian political party ORaH published a new policy that relies heavily on open source solutions, addresses the dangers off vendor lock-in, and insists on open document standards. Best of all, they did it the open source way. The Open Election Data Initiative wants to give access to election data for a true picture of an election process, including how candidates are certified, how and which voters are registered, what happens on election day, whether results are accurate, and how complaints are resolved. The Government of India (GOI) has adopted a comprehensive and supportive open source policy. The impact of technology on society and the economy continues to excite and challenge government. The history of creativity and how the rise of it has propelled open data forward today.
What Is Anarchism? An Introduction Publisher’s Introduction We are often asked to explain what anarchism is all about, and hope to publish a revised and expanded version of Nicolas Walter’s popular About Anarchism when it is ready. Meanwhile we suggested to Donald Rooum, creator of the anarchist Wildcat cartoons, that he should produce a pamphlet on Anarchism. The first part of this compilation (pages 1 to 28) is his response. He writes, “My contribution is intended to describe anarchism as it appears to anarchists in general, in Britain at the end of the twentieth century. The three headings, ‘What anarchists believe, How anarchists differ, What anarchists do,’ are taken from Nicolas Walter’s 1969 pamphlet About Anarchism, and ways of putting points are lifted from many other contemporary anarchists.” Freedom Press are responsible for the second part, consisting of excerpts from Freedom Press titles (except for those of Charlotte Wilson and George Nicholson, which were nevertheless published in Freedom). Anarchy Democracy
Better User Orientation through Navigation Users are constantly orienting themselves on your site. How can you help? Users surfing the Internet orient themselves not unlike migrating birds. Each species of bird has her own special way of orienting, building a mental map of where she is and where she wants to go. What if there were interference, like a cloudy day that blotted out celestial signs? What to say? Users are the same way. If you implement the following tips, not only will your users be able to mentally picture where they are when they crash-land on any of your site’s pages, but they’ll be aware of the many other things around them in relation to the site’s structure. Keep a clearly marked home link on all interior pages. Some other user-friendly things to keep in mind when designing navigation: Dropdowns and flyouts should linger. So, how do you help orient users? About the Author
Twitter Libertarian socialism Libertarian socialism (or socialist libertarianism) is a group of anti-authoritarian political philosophies inside the socialist movement that rejects socialism as centralized state ownership and control of the economy. Past and present political philosophies and movements commonly described as libertarian socialist include anarchism as well as autonomism, Communalism, participism, guild socialism, revolutionary syndicalism and libertarian Marxist philosophies such as council communism and Luxemburgism as well as some versions of utopian socialism and individualist anarchism. Overview Libertarian socialism is a Western philosophy with diverse interpretations, though some general commonalities can be found in its many incarnations. Noam Chomsky is one of the most well-known contemporary libertarian socialist thinkers Anti-capitalism John O`Neil argues: Anti-authoritarianism and opposition to the state Environmental issues
The vision for government corporate websites in the Single Domain (with product wireframes) This is the third in a series of posts sharing progress on how we are tackling objective two of the single domain ‘beta’ project: specifically the creation and test of a unified publishing platform capable of replacing many of the websites which government organisations currently run across separate domains – like dh.gov.uk or bis.gov.uk – to provide information on who they are and what they do. Having first defined the concept for this shared platform, then analysed users’ needs, the next step in early September was to establish and communicate the product vision. Here is an extract of that vision work – a set of ‘wireframe’ drawings of what, back then, I thought this product might need to end up looking like to the user. If you’re used to looking at wireframes, skip this paragraph. All that aside, these drawings remain the most useful thing to share at this point to give you a sense of where we are heading. More importantly, I want to put these out there to get your feedback now.
Bologna's Second Attack with Pepper Spray Gradually the exploits of Detective Inspector Anthony (Tony Baloney) Bologna have eeked their way even into the mainstream media. It has become well known that he engages, in violation of policy, in an O.C. (Pepper) Spray attack on four defenseless women without provocation. His actions also catch several of the officers in blue off guard and impact them with the mist of the spray. He then violates policy further by callously walking away leaving the women to lie on the ground in agony without the required medical assistance. What has not yet been told and can now be exposed is that Inspector Bologna engages not once but twice in such indiscriminate attacks. Below I post an excerpt from this second video of this second attack. Watch his facial expressions which seem to display anger, perhaps rage, at some moments and what appear to be joy or amusement at others. The answer, unfortunately, is yes. Unedited Video Clip Slowed Down Portion of Bologna's Attack FOIA Request NYPD Bologna Reports
Bill Black: How Hayek Helped the Worst Get to the Top By Bill Black, the author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One and an associate professor of economics and law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Originally published at New Economic Perspectives Libertarians are profoundly anti-democratic. [W]hen government uses its legal monopoly on coercion to confiscate one person’s property and give it to another, it is engaging in what would normally be called theft. But von Hayek’s critique of democratic government has proven to be the most monstrous blood libel of the post-World War II era – falsely declaring that democratic government must end in tyranny and the mass murder of its own people. The political scientist Herman Finer … denounced [The Road to Serfdom] as “the most sinister offensive against democracy to emerge from a democratic country for many years.” Why the Worst Get on Top – in Economics Economists claim that their work should be evaluated based on predictive success. Von Hayek is Blighted by his Bigotry