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Links 1 through 5 of 5 by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D. tagged open_source

"The opportunity now exists to tap into a vastly larger amount of expertise than was previously available to US intelligence. However, this will require working from a very different paradigm from that which characterized much of our Cold War history. The key features of that traditional paradigm were: secrets; classified channels of information flows; a focus on a few hard targets... very limited contact with outside experts who were almost always US citizens; and focus on key facts and finished intelligence products. The new paradigm, in contrast, will focus on “open source” information and reach out to a wide variety of experts who are non-intelligence professionals drawn from different sectors and often non-Americans. As the 21st century is expected to be far less predictable and dynamic, the objective is to scan the horizon for emergent issues and so-called weak signals that are harbingers of futures for which few governments have begun preparing."

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"FutureNovo provides a forum and tools designed to promote foresight and dialog about future technology." Yet another abortive Web 2.0, wiki-like project. What is about futures that makes us think these things should work? Clearly there's some desire there, but why do these projects run aground?

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"Measurement Lab (M-Lab) is an open, distributed server platform for researchers to deploy Internet measurement tools. The goal of M-Lab is to advance network research and empower the public with useful information about their broadband connections. By enhancing Internet transparency, M-Lab helps sustain a healthy, innovative Internet."

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Wikipedia, "the amazingly huge, wide-open encyclopedia project has become the locus of a new debate over the politics of knowledge."

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Response to Robert McHenry's "The Faith-Based Encyclopedia," a critique of Wikipedia.

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