In a little-noticed document, the FCC has declared that the government has a right to ban applications that don't support a backdoor for law enfordement, Declan McCullaugh reveals.
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Brazil is considering making open source mandatory in government, and South Africa is considering the value of moving its 300,000 computers to open source, notes Dana Blankenhorn
William Bright formats public transit maps for iPod. Some would consider that a great idea. Some transit officials think its just a copyright violation.
The Massachusetts v. Microsoft battle is over. Microsoft is "out." David Berlind takes a look at the missteps and the import of the power struggle.
Government IT pros may find something in Phil Wainewright's latest post in the Software as Services blog. The entry, "Software that actually works," points out a fundamental weakness at the heart of the "software as a product" paradigm - customers pay big bucks for software that doesn't work.
I have been using the new OpenOffice beta 2.0 for about a week now. I haven't had one serious difficulty. So I am a little alarmed when I see articles or remarks espousing how costly and difficult it would be to switch to an open source office suite.
British consul general points SF officials to the model of Westminster, where portable, roaming services are available and conflicts with the private sector are minimal.
"When radio towers are knocked down, satellite communications may be the most effective means of communicating," FCC chair Martin said at a Senate hearing. "If we learned anything from Hurricane Katrina, it is that we cannot rely solely on terrestrial communications."
A report by Juniper Research that streaming and broadcast video services to cellphones could be a $7 billion business by 2010 has PublicTechnology.net, a British website, wondering if this could mean an exciting new venue for e-government.
Citizens Against Government Wasteissued a press release Wednesday bashing Massachusetts' plan to move to the OpenDoc format. Their criticism, sounding like it was written by WagEd, fundamentally misses the point.