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Links 1 through 10 of 202 by André Avorio tagged openness

"No one can honestly say they have an overview over the extent of the global data mountains in the internet. During the early years of the internet, cyber culture was still alive with futuristic ideas. Today, the mood on the World Wide Web is far more pragmatic and obsessed with the present. Users are driven by market share, self-marketing and other techniques of the self. The private domain, not the political one, is public. A handful of top firms like Apple, Facebook, Google and Weibo try to bond customers to their self-contained systems. What is the community feeling in a close digital world? Invisible algorithms steer personalized search results and generate advertisements. A few well-networked hackers prevail in the face of the mainstream and copyrights."

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5apps automatically packages and deploys your HTML5 app for painless distribution to all major platforms and web app stores.

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A new report from the Pew Internet Project presents the results of a survey of over a thousand Internet experts on the topic of whether the proliferation of apps threaten the web over the next ten years.

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This pioneering event will include an action-packed week of lectures, seminars, workshops, hackathons, coding jams, and interactive sessions that will bring together individuals and organizations from a wide variety of backgrounds to exchange ideas, make things and meet new people. OKFest will also highlight the diversity of Helsinki’s open knowledge communities to a new international audience, with a specific effort to encourage the participation of representatives from Nordic nations.

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"The largest international Internet governance meeting ever wrapped at the United Nations office in Nairobi, Kenya, today with 2,000 experts discussing security, openness and privacy as inextricably interconnected issues that cannot be dealt with separately. Over four days the UN-backed Internet Governance Forum (IGF), set up to support Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in carrying out the mandate of the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis, debated actions taken by Internet actors in relation to whistleblower sites, the seizure of domain names and proposals for blocking of websites and filtering of networks."

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Last month, Aaron Swartz, a 24-year-old digital activist, internet analyst and anti-corruption researcher, was criminally indicted by a grand jury in Massachusetts for downloading millions of articles from the research database JSTOR. If convicted he faces a fine of up to a million dollars and a prison sentence of up to 35 years. ‘Stealing is stealing,’ the district attorney said, ‘whether you use a computer command or a crowbar, and whether you take documents, data or dollars.’

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"I talked about some of the good and bad of being a Twitter developer on the ATX Web Show last week. There have been a string of changes that cause developers to scramble: turning off basic auth, discouraging mainstream clients, disabling DMs for xAuth. With each step, Twitter loses a little goodwill, and that's demonstrated in the tweets I collected over the xAuth change."

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"Shashi Seth, SVP of Search & Marketplaces at Yahoo believes that mobile apps are like websites in the early days of the internet and will only continue to multiply just as websites have done — seemingly exponentially. Regardless of whether the analogy is 100 percent accurate everyone agrees that app discovery has become a big problem. Among other things, it has given rise to an Amazon app store and several independent app-discovery sites like Chomp."

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"The counter argument I see over and over, in blog posts, in Facebook or FriendFeed comments when someone talks about the Kindle is something of the form: “I don’t want one because it is closed. I don’t want to have to buy all my books from Amazon.” I’ll give folks credit for not deliberately telling falsehoods, but that type of statement is not factual. You aren’t required to buy all your books from Amazon. You can put arbitrary documents on there from a variety of sources. I certainly do, and I’d imagine that practically every person that owns a Kindle has something on there that they didn’t purchase from Amazon."

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"As long as the book remained physical, Amazon’s ability to streamline its supply chain and better understand the needs of its users, gave it an advantage over both publishers and other distributors. But with bits, its supply chain expertise became irrelevant. Introducing the Kindle thus was not Amazon’s foray into hardware; it was an attempt to coerce the publishing world into a proprietary format that Amazon controls. Kindle applications across multiple devices create great user experience, but also enforce the notion of a dominant format. Once enough Kindle books have been sold (regardless of the device), it becomes the de-facto standard; user lock-in leads to publisher lock-in. Amazon thus remains the essential intermediary even in the bit world. Kindle was a closed system even before it was conceived."

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