Article: How the U.S. Government Can Learn to See the Future

Open Governance, Standards

How the U.S. Government Can Learn to See the Future

In 1973, then-Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger argued that policymaking could be reduced to a process of “making complicated bets about the future,” noting that it would be helpful if he could be supplied with “estimates of the relevant betting odds.”

Despite Kissinger’s plea for betting odds, forecasting efforts in the government today remain underdeveloped. The early failure to anticipate and prepare for the coronavirus, despite indicators that a pandemic was likely, has cost hundreds of thousands of American lives.

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Article: Integrating open data, open source, cloud drives efficiency

Open Data, Open Governance, Standards

Integrating open data, open source, cloud drives efficiency

Better integration of three of the federal government’s main strategies — use of cloud, open source software (OSS) and open data – would collectively benefit their progress, a new report found.

“Integrating strategies around open government data, OSS, and cloud computing will help make government information more available to the American public, ensure that government decisions are driven by evidence, and increase the efficiency and lower the costs of government operations,” according to “Aligning Open Data, Open Source, and Hybrid Cloud Adoption in Government,” a report the IBM Center for The Business of Government released May 5 in collaboration with the Center for Open Data Enterprise.

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Article: Why open source adoption in federal IT is poised to accelerate

Open Governance, Standards

Why open source adoption in federal IT is poised to accelerate

In the private sector, adoption of open standards-based technology has been on a roll for years. Federal agencies have been slower to embrace these models, though adoption has been climbing steadily.

Embrace of standards-based technology may be about to accelerate amid increasing recognition in Washington about the need to modernize federal IT systems. The government still heavily relies on proprietary legacy systems that can be expensive to maintain, more vulnerable to cyberattacks and often struggle to meet the expectations of digital-savvy citizens.

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Article: Wenco expands on a more open digital mining future – in architecture, analytics and autonomy

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Wenco expands on a more open digital mining future – in architecture, analytics and autonomy

The future of autonomy in mining is set to include much more open and interoperable platforms than exist today. And the evolution of fleet management systems or FMS as they are known in the industry is a key part of that – enabling mining customers to get the elusive “single source of the truth” across the on the ground reality of mixed fleets and contractor machines.

Ahead of an in-depth article on the future of FMS in the May 2021 edition of IM, Editorial Director Paul Moore caught up with Wenco’s Reid Given, Senior Product Manager & Patrick Ligthart, Principal Product Manager to explore the topic of Open Autonomy and where the latest FMS functionality.

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Article: Are Developers Responsible for Open Source Governance?

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Are Developers Responsible for Open Source Governance?

There are lots of factors in the open source software world converging to make it a big year for “shift left” in software development. Heightened security concerns, an increasing need for software supply chain visibility and the growth and complexity of open source ecosystems will continue to push the responsibility for ensuring code is secure earlier in the engineering process as far left as the request and design phases.

This means 2021 will be yet another year in which developers are challenged to take on more responsibility, and pushed further onto the front lines of open source governance. Developers will need access to the right training, resources and tools to do this job.

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Article: Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Market to Cross $20 Bn by 2027; Global Market Insights, Inc.

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Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Market to Cross $20 Bn by 2027; Global Market Insights, Inc.

Global Market Insights Inc. has recently added a new report on the open source intelligence market which estimates the market valuation for OSINT will cross US $20 billion by 2027. Increasing availability of open-source data, coupled with rising cyber threats, terrorism, and other illegal practices, is likely to drive the industry’s growth.

The growing adoption of open source intelligence among multiple organizations and the surge in demand for cloud-based OSINT among SMEs will drive the growth of the market. In addition, the increase in the need for OSINT by various industries to gain valuable insights for business decisions will fuel the growth of the open-source intelligence market. Social media analytics and text analytics will provide major opportunities for the expansion of the market in the future.

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Article: Open Banking for self-employed borrowers will bring quicker applications

Money, Open Governance, Standards

Open Banking for self-employed borrowers will bring quicker applications

In fact, close to 10 per cent of digitally active HSBC UK customers are using Open Banking services, with the number growing all the time. We have been looking at how we can integrate this fantastic technology protocol.

We have seen applications across current accounts and unsecured lending products, where it has made a real difference making life quicker, easier and safer and I am extremely excited to now see Open Banking being integrated into our mortgage process in a small but important way that will see the time it takes to go through the underwriting process being much reduced for self-employed applicants.

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Article: When it comes to open source, culture continues to eat strategy, policy for lunch

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When it comes to open source, culture continues to eat strategy, policy for lunch

Since the 1980s, memo after memo has tried to convince agencies to make better use of open source software, and share the code with other agencies that they are using. Despite the top down push, new research finds federal success with open source is less about the permission slip and more about how the culture of the agency.

Joe Castle, a recent PhD graduate from Virginia Tech, who studied federal technology policy and open source software, and is a federal employee, said the current state of the culture about open source in government is driven by the people, not the agency or memos or any other reason.

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Article: Neonomics, Nöffe to bring Open Banking to children

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Neonomics, Nöffe to bring Open Banking to children

Norway-based Nöffe has partnered with Neonomics to develop a digital piggy bank, to enable parents to easily connect their children’s bank accounts to a piggy bank, according to the official press release.

Neonomics, a Europe-based Open Banking API platform provider, allows Nöffe’s users to connect a bank account via their app to a piggy bank that mirrors a bank account.

The digital piggy bank is about the size of a traditional piggy bank, and a female voice speaks every time money is transferred to the account, or if a child wants to know how much money is in the account. Using the Nöffe app powered by Neonomics’ Open Banking API, parents can move around money for their children while giving them various sensory cues and stimulations, naturally making them more aware of the value of money.

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Article: How IT leaders stay on the right side of innovation with open cloud (VB Live)

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How IT leaders stay on the right side of innovation with open cloud (VB Live)

“Thinking about openness is the key to being an IT leader in the cloud computing space,” says Michael McNerney, vice president of marketing and network security at Supermicro. “And that means building your cloud to take advantage of performance and innovation not just today, but in 18 months, 36 months, and on and on.”

Cloud infrastructure has become a catch-all for modern datacenter architecture, and the open cloud has been leveraging the innovation in open-source software and industry-standard hardware over the last decade, McNerney says. And that innovation continues at a rapid clip. Moore’s law, that every 18 months hardware will double in performance at the same cost, is not slowing, and is perhaps even accelerating, when you include CPU, memory, storage, and I/O.

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