Archive for the 'Open Source Methodology' Category

Open source as surveillance technique?

Monday, November 16th, 2009

The open source method used for evil. CIA invests in software to monitor social media… Bloggers beware!

The free software conundrum

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

I am a supporter and user of free software (though I admit I have not migrated entirely). I research and write about the social movement aspect of free software, and its potential as a model for alternative social organization beyond the realm of software development. I am inspired by the future envisioned by free software […]

In defence of Wikipedia as a research source

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Today there was a flurry of activity on the listserv for the Association of Internet Researchers around using Wikipedia as a source. Mostly the response was negative. A sampling of comments: It’s not that I don’t like Wikipedia: it’s that I don’t find it appropriate to cite any dictionary and/or encyclopaedia at all in any […]

Tell the CRTC to keep our net open!

Friday, November 14th, 2008

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications  Commission (CRTC) has finally decided to deal with the prickly subject of internet regulation in Canada. Until recently, Canada’s Internet was an open, neutral network – a level playing field for free speech and innovation. All that is now threatened by a handful of corporations that want to control a […]

Hacking the knowledge factory

Monday, September 15th, 2008

I feel like this is what I do a little bit everyday. Anyhow, I’m giving at talk tonight at the Vancouver Linux Users Group monthly meeting, titled: Open source and the knowledge factory hack. It’s a mildly revised version of the talk I gave at Open Web last April. I’ve incorporated some new reading, specifically […]

Facebook platform to go open source: What’s the dealio?

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

One of my Skype contacts had this URL as their  status. I know there’s been talk in the non-profit/social change tech sector about building an open source social networking site like Facebook. I’m not sure (because I haven’t really been following along) how sites like Change.org fit into the picture. So I can’t really say […]

Teaching for survival: Subverting the status quo

Monday, May 19th, 2008

I will be attending the International Communication Association conference, which takes place later this week in Montreal. I am participating in a pre-conference workshop entitled Bridging the Scholar/Activist Divide in the Field of Communication – exactly up my alley. I wrote the abstract last fall sometime, and haven’t really looked at it since then. My […]