Open Source Conversations
IT Conversations publishes a number of shows that deal with free and open source software. We've created this channel as a way of helping people interested in open source software find talks, discussions, presentations, and interviews about that topic.
Clay Johnson, Director of Sunlight Labs, reviews several entries from the 'Apps for America II' development contest which make exclusive use of the Data.gov knowledgebase.
The term "Web 2.0" refers to the changes in the structure and composition of the Internet as it moves toward greater accessibility and participation. In this speech to the Web 2.0 conference, danah boyd, who has spent her professional career researching the Web's development, gives her analysis of where the Internet is headed and how to help it get there.
The 2009 presidential election was the most closely monitored election in US history, thanks in part to the efforts of tech entrepreneurs like David Troy. Troy speaks at the 2009 Emerging Communications Conference about how he and his teams were able to create the Twitter Vote Report, which allowed people to report on poll conditions, and the Inauguration Report '09, a first hand documentation of people's experiences at the 2009 presidential election.
In this presentation from eComm 2009, LiMo's Open Source Committee Chairman, David "Lefty" Schlesinger discusses the meaning of governance, and the advantage of LiMo's approach over those of Google and Apple for their Android and iPhone application development platforms, before opening the floor to questions.
Developing software solutions for the defence and intelligence industries is not normally open to public discussion. In this exciting talk Lena Trudeau interviews experts from Homeland Security, the Department of Defense and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) on how their organizations manage and embrace the latest web technologies. Find out how Dungeons and Dragons inspired the Intelligence community and what Twitter has to do with the Department of Defense.
Jonathan Ellis discusses Cassandra, an open source distributed database system, used by Facebook and other sites. An Apache Software Foundation top-level project, it is designed to handle very large data sets spread out across commodity servers while providing a highly available service with no single point of failure. Jonathan reviews the project, explaining details about the system as well as the importance of scalability in database design and the differences between distributed and relational databases.
Digital broadcasting networks are being developed worldwide to deliver high-bandwidth, real-time content to and from mobile platforms. Francois Lefebvre describes the tension between telco- and broadcast-driven services; telcos tend to promote subscription based services while broadcasters try to extend their free-to-air model. The good news is that breakthrough, open applications are emerging that can deliver reliable and innovative mobile broadcast networks.
How is open-source closed? Andreas Constantinou talks about the relative openness of the "eight centers of gravity" in the mobile industry, and says it's not the licensing, which concerns source control, but the governance, which concerns the product, that developers must watch out for. He explains the mobile phone industry shift and loosely outlines the governance structures of the LiMo, Symbian, and Android foundations.
In this audio interview from the 2009 Web 2.0 Expo in New York, O'Reilly Media founder and tech guru Tim O'Reilly speaks with Deputy CTO of the United States and Director of the Open Government Initiative Beth Noveck. The two discuss successes, challenges and a culture shift that is happening as a result of President Obama's mandate to make government more transparent, participatory and collaborative.
Everyone uses Linux: if they use Google, trade on-line, or use ATMs. Linux is the most ubiquitous OS in everything from cell phones to TVs, precisely because, Jim Zemlin of the Linux Foundation argues, it is free. As convergence between connectivity and device happens, network carriers and device-makers scramble to control a new service-based distribution. Zemlin urges continued protection and support of open-source through the filing of 'defensive publications' with the USPTO, and participation in several open-source projects.