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Open Source Initiative
- Mon, 23 Nov 2015 15:07:24 +0000: Snowdrift.coop Joins OSI as Newest Affiliate Member – Open Source Initiative blogs
Funding platform for freely-licensed works highlights diversity in scope across Affiliate Membership.
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Nov. 22, 2015 — The Open Source Initiative® (OSI), recognized globally for promoting and protecting open source software and development communities, announced today the affiliate membership of Snowdrift.coop. Snowdrift.coop is building a sustainable funding platform for freely-licensed works. Unlike the one-to-one matching used in traditional fundraising, Snowdrift.coop uses a many-to-many matching pledge that creates a network effect (like the internet itself) so that each donation and even projects reinforce one another. A fundamental difference between Snowdrift.coop and one-time fundraising campaigns that help projects get started is that Snowdrift.coop pays out monthly to provide sustainability for ongoing work.
In addition to joining the OSI as an Affiliate Member, Snowdrift has also been excepted into the OSI’s fiscal sponsorship program. The program offers legal and tax-exempt status to groups engaged in activities related to the OSI mission, “to raise awareness and adoption of open source software, and build bridges between open source communities.”
“Snowdrift.coop highlights the diverse needs and communities within the open source movement,” commented OSI General Manager Patrick Masson. “The OSI is keen to support, not only software development projects, but also efforts like Snowdrift.coop that extend support and services to those open source software development communities most often associated with the OSI and open source.”
Aaron Wolf, co-founder of Snowdrift.coop, emphasizes that there is a critical role for non-software projects within the open source movement, “Snowdrift.coop, like current OSI affiliates Creative Commons, Debian, KDE, OpenHatch, Wikimedia, and others, works to promote freedom, collaboration, and democracy in technology.”
“Despite progress, the vast majority of free/libre/open projects still remain underfunded or depend on proprietary interests,” Wolf explained, “The OSI’s support of Snowdrift.coop will help us finalize our design for a sustainable patronage system focused on the unique challenges of these shareable works.”
The OSI Affiliate Member Program (http://opensource.org/
affiliates), available at no-cost, allows non-profit and not-for-profit organizations—unequivocally independent groups with a clear commitment to open source—to join and support the OSI’s mission to raise awareness and adoption of open source software and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community.
About The Open Source Initiative
Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) protects and promotes open source by providing a foundation for community success. It champions open source in society through education, infrastructure and collaboration. The OSI is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. For more information about the OSI, please visit: https://opensource.org.
Snowdrift.coop promotes the public commons by facilitating community support for non-rival free/libre/open (FLO) projects. Snowdrift.coop envisions a world where everyone has equal access to a robust and vibrant public commons; where everyone is empowered to realize and share their additions to our cultural heritage and to participate in the ongoing development of science and technology; and where there is liberty, privacy, and human dignity for all. Find out more about Snowdrift.coop at: https://snowdrift.coop.
- Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:22:33 +0000: TPP Harmful To Open Source – Open Source Initiative blogs
While some may assert that open source is not applicable in every circumstance, the right to demand access to source code in situations where it is appropriate is important to society as a whole.
That’s why it is important to note — and protest — a clause in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP), and any other trade agreements carrying the same idea. As the FSF notes, chapter 14 includes a prohibition on governments requiring access to source code as a condition on allowing “the import, distribution, sale or use of such software, or of products containing such software, in its territory.”
Just as Volkswagen was able to hide its evasion of emissions regulations behind proprietary code (which the US DMCA and laws like it globally even made it illegal to reverse engineer for scrutiny), so TPP enshrines the ability to hide behind proprietary code and prohibits governments from mandating its disclosure even when that’s in the interests of the citizens they serve. In the future, regulations should increasingly require open source for code critical to regulatory matters; this clause prohibits it. Shutting such an obvious avenue for society’s good seems premature and regressive.
It’s not enough to mitigate this ban on open source by allowing secret disclosure to governments. Our perspective is that simply having source made available for viewing by select parties is not sufficient. Source code related to public regulatory matters should be released under an OSI approved license and thus made available to all those who use the software. Doing so allows them to study, improve and share the software as well as to check that their lives are not negatively impacted by its defects. Ideally, all software written using public funds should also be made available as open source.
– The Board of Directors, Open Source Initiative
- Tue, 03 Nov 2015 15:28:18 +0000: OSI Joins Comment to FCC on ET Docket No. 15-170 – Open Source Initiative blogs
Although the signers believe that Commission has the best of intentions, the signers believe that the NPRM harms computing users and substantially interferes with innovation in the wireless space.
The signers are concerned about three changes in the NPRM:
- 2.1033 Application for grant of certification. Paragraph 4(i),
- 2.935 Electronic labeling of radiofrequency devices. Clause (d) and
- 2.1042 Certified modular transmitters. Section 8(e)
The NPRM removes the ability of computing users to control and modify their devices. In Paragraph 4(i), the manufacturer is required to describe how the software of the device is secured against modification. Additionally, Clause (d) implies that the device must be secured against modification due to the requirement to prevent label information from being modified. Finally, Section 8(e) requires manufacturers to only allow “approved” software to be installed on a device. These requirements combined prevent most modifications to the device even when the user wants to improve on the security of the device or to correct problems with the wireless radio software itself.
The signers second many of the comments the commission has already received. Restricting the ability of law-abiding computing users to modify their devices would negatively impact them. Without the ability to modify the operating systems, drivers, and wireless radio firmware, users would be restricted to the software created by the manufacturer, regardless of its appropriateness or quality. Not only would this have a negative effect on users, it would hinder companies and organizations creating third-party operating systems and software for legal purposes, such as free and open-source operating system developers and wireless network providers. Additionally, academic and industry researchers would no longer be able to use low-cost devices for experimenting with improved radio performance and reliability. Finally, these restrictions prevent manufacturers from benefiting from and redistributing the improvements created by users.
The signers respectfully request that the commission carefully balance the important work of protecting the radio spectrum with the immeasurable value in experimentation, innovation, and freedom for law-abiding users. Additionally, the signers invite the commission and other regulatory agencies to collaborate with industry; free, open source, and proprietary software developers; and device users on developing wireless device policies and recommendations that meet the needs of regulatory agencies and protect the ability of users to inspect, modify and improve their devices.
OpenWrt DD-WRT/DD-WRT NXT Software Freedom Conservancy Open Source Initiative Eric Schultz, Community Manager, prpl Foundation
- Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:31:05 +0000: Broadband’s frequency hunters denied Freeview patch – for now – The Register – Networks
Of COM8 and CBeebies: multiplex snare
Freeview is safe. For now. Mobile operators with broadband services were denied the 470-694MHz frequency used by the terrestrial TV service.…
- Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:57:34 +0000: Nominet to hike price of UK web domains by 50% – The Register – Networks
Costs risen considerably, says CEO. Members not persuaded
UK registry operator Nominet is planning to increase the cost of .uk domains by 50 per cent starting 1 March 2016, raising questions over its historic nonprofit status.…
- Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:27:54 +0000: Eclipse staggers to feet, gets smacked by second DDoS – The Register – Networks
Internet service provider tells us: ‘Internet based services’ hit
Internet provider Eclipse has been hit by a DDoS attack, the second wave of an attack which began on Monday.…
- Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:24:32 +0000: Two Drafts in Last Call: N-Triples, N-Quads – W3C News
The RDF Working Group has published two Last Call Working Drafts:
- N-Triples. N-Triples is a line-based, plain text format for encoding an RDF graph. Comments are welcome through 14 October.
- N-Quads. N-Quads is a line-based, plain text format for encoding an RDF dataset. Comments are welcome through 14 October.
Learn more about the Semantic Web Activity.
- Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:26:31 +0000: Updated Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and Understanding WCAG 2.0 – W3C News
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group today published updates of two Notes that accompany WCAG 2.0: Techniques for WCAG 2.0 and Understanding WCAG 2.0. (This is not an update to WCAG 2.0, which is a stable document.) For background, important information about techniques, and opportunities to contribute to future updates, please see the Understanding Techniques for WCAG Success Criteria e-mail. Read about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
- Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:16:36 +0000: Last Call: Media Source Extensions – W3C News