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Honoring Spirit and Idealism of Aaron Swartz at Memorial Hackathon

BY Jessica McKenzie | Monday, November 11 2013


After Aaron Swartz's death on January 11, 2013, activists around the world gathered and held spontaneous hackathon's in his honor. They were informal and lacked central organization, which was fine at the time, but months later friends and colleagues of Swartz's wanted to know what had happened at those events, and if any of the participants would be interested in another one. The Aaron Swartz Memorial Hackathon began at Friday, November 8—what would have been Swartz's 27th birthday—in New York City, as well as in 19 other cities around the world, from Amsterdam to Zagreb.

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A Plug & Play Anti-Corruption Tool for All

BY Jessica McKenzie | Monday, June 24 2013

Poderopedia at work: mapping connections

The Chilean anti-corruption project Poderopedia launched a free, open source version of their web platform last Friday. Plug & Play 1.0 can be used to make searchable databases and visualizations of politicians and their associates and associations or follow the flow of money from foundation to project, or public donor to candidate, etc. The Poderopedia blog also suggests someone “map links between NSA, Prism and Silicon Valley” or “create a NPApedia, Baseballpedia or Soccerpedia.”

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The Europe Roundup: A Minister of Economy In Praise of Free and Open Source Software

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, October 12 2011

Poland | Minister of Economy in praise of free and open source software Waldemar Pawlak, Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, recently praised Free and Open Source Software (FLOSS) defining it ... Read More

Lost in Translation? The Challenges of Talking "Drupal" in Iraq

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 29 2010

Mark Belinsky is an American social-tech entrepreneur, for lack of a better phrase, who is in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil this week as a trainer taking part in a two-day conference called "Emerging ... Read More