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Innovate at break-neck pace, and still live long and prosper? A mix of Open Source community governance, political economics and hacking.
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    Today’s session is one of my favorites of the Open Source and Intellectual Property in the Digital Society course I am  teaching at TU Berlin. From the summary: “Markets, Firms and Peer Production:Markets and privately or publicly owned firms are the … Continue reading

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    This week, the Open Oil project performed a marvelous stunt – the Oil Contracts Booksprint. Johnny West, Zara Rahman and their supporters gathered oil contract experts from across the globe at Schloss Neuhausen to achieve something that has never done before – … Continue reading

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    Embedded World has started today in Nürnberg, Germany. I am here with Open Invention Network to spread the idea of defensive publications and OIN’s non-aggression community of companies in the Open Source sphere. Highly innovative companies present here, and many … Continue reading

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    [Ursprünglich auf netzpolitik.org] Der fast fertige HTML5-Standard für Webseiten soll technische Möglichkeiten zur Inhalte-Kontrolle erhalten. Mit dem gefährlichen “Digital Rights Management” (DRM) ist aber schon die Musikindustrie gescheitert. Netzpolitische Organisationen rufen dazu auf, eine Petition dagegen zu unterzeichnen – macht … Continue reading

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    Open Source communities are amazingly innovative. Linux Defenders encourages them to document their ideas in the form of defensive publications, so that this body of knowledge becomes relevant prior art for later patent applications and patent invalidations. The Qt community is especially … Continue reading

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    tl;dr: If you are a committed KDE contributor and not a KDE e.V. member, you are doing it wrong. If you are a KDE user, consider helping the KDE User Working Group. Read KDE e.V.’s quarterly reports. Akademy 2013 is still … Continue reading

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    The patent system is broken. The point of patents is to encourage innovation and inventiveness. Instead of promoting innovation, patent offices have awarded overly broad, vague, and unoriginal patents that draw unclear lines allowing bad actors to profit and threaten … Continue reading

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    Akademy 2014 is still in full swing in Brno in the Czech Republic with the traditional hack week that started on Monday. At about 200 participants it was well attended and organized. This years conference will very likely mark a … Continue reading

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    Today Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation are joining the Open Invention Network as community members. Linux and Open Source software are becoming a mainstay in automotive computing. With the first global automotive companies joining OIN, a trend has been … Continue reading

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