Get on the (Hacker) Bus.

I recently returned from the Thirteenth International Forum for Free Software (FISL) in Porto Alegre Brazil.  With an attendance of about 8,000 this year, it is the largest tech conference in South America and likely the largest free/open source conference in the world.  I was fortunate to have attended representing OSI and presented a keynoteContinue reading “Get on the (Hacker) Bus.”

DoD Releases Open Technology Development: Lessons Learned by the Military

It’s been about five years since the DoD-commissioned Open Technology Development Road Map was published, considered the definitive primer for smart government agencies and their personnel diving in to Open Source development, acquisition and operational policy-making.  The next anxiously-awaited (well, not anxious but very much looked-forward to) installment  – entitled “Open Technology Development: Lessons LearnedContinue reading “DoD Releases Open Technology Development: Lessons Learned by the Military”

The Year of Open Government: Who’s Making it So?

I’m going to GOSCON 2010 – the Government Open Source Conference – of course, and as conference chair I hope I’ll see you there too. We’re back in Portland Oregon this fall.  Visit the web site for news, conference program, speaker line up, and registration. So you ask me, what’s hot this year?  One thingContinue reading “The Year of Open Government: Who’s Making it So?”

Open Source for America Unvieled at OSCON

Not too long ago I attended TransparencyCamp in DC and led a discussion on how to work with government.  The session was intended for technologists and advocates. I was pleasantly surprised to find one of the participants was a senate staffer.  After listening to much of the discussion she explained that she had worked onContinue reading “Open Source for America Unvieled at OSCON”

Public Health IT and Open Source Software | Focus at GOSCON 2008

I’m happy to report GOSCON this year is featuring more government open source projects and implementations that ever.  I’m especially excited about our Open Public Health IT track which covers the spectrum between local and international governments and vendors.  GOSCON is all about building the IT ecosystem and I’m pleased to say this will beContinue reading “Public Health IT and Open Source Software | Focus at GOSCON 2008”