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: 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: Startup WhiteSource gets $75 million to find and fix buggy open source components

Free, Open Software, Open Source

Startup WhiteSource gets $75 million to find and fix buggy open source components

Cybersecurity startup WhiteSource announced it has raised $75 million in Series D funding, highlighting how tech and security investors are increasingly focusing on the open source software security market.

The latest investment of $75 million, drawn mostly from Pitango Growth and existing investors M12, Susquehanna Growth Equity, and 83North, is significantly more than the approximately $46 million the company raised combined through previous funding rounds. As part of the deal, Pitango Growth managing partner Isaac Hillel will join WhiteSource’s board of directors.

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Article: The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% – ex CIA spy

Open Source

The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% – ex CIA spy

Robert David Steele, former Marine, CIA case officer, and US co-founder of the US Marine Corps intelligence activity, is a man on a mission. But it’s a mission that frightens the US intelligence establishment to its core.

With 18 years experience working across the US intelligence community, followed by 20 more years in commercial intelligence and training, Steele’s exemplary career has spanned almost all areas of both the clandestine world.

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