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Pursuing adoption of free and open source software in governments

By Andy Oram
March 25, 2014

Free and open source software creates a natural — and even necessary — fit with government. I joined a panel this past weekend at the Free Software Foundation conference LibrePlanet on this topic and have covered it previously in a …

How did we end up with a centralized Internet for the NSA to mine?

By Andy Oram
January 8, 2014

I’m sure it was a Wired editor, and not the author Steven Levy, who assigned the title “How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet” to yesterday’s fine article about the pressures on large social networking sites. Whoever chose the title, …

Susan Landau explores Internet security and the attribution problem

By Andy Oram
November 29, 2010

Landau, a noted privacy advocate, is seeking new technologies and new policies to identify people on the Internet without onerous effects on privacy.

A code of ethics from Brian McConnell concerning employee rights

By Andy Oram
September 4, 2008

My colleague Brian McConnell has a story about employer abuse guaranteed to make you scared and angry. But finding something constructive and beneficial in an incident that was personally devastating, he offers a Code of Ethics concerning workplace privacy that seems to me simple, fair, and both technically and legally capable of being implemented. A call for privacy is particularly well-timed in this election season, when the Republicans publicly spat on the Bill of Rights at least three times last night.

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