Article: This Software Giant Declared War On Amazon. Will Other Open Source Companies Follow?

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This Software Giant Declared War On Amazon. Will Other Open Source Companies Follow?

In January, the publicly-traded software company Elastic faced a serious existential threat — from itself. After blocking Amazon’s cloud computing division, the industry’s largest vendor, from selling its own version of Elastic’s free software, Elastic then accused Amazon of “ethically challenged behavior.”

Elastic provides immensely popular software used by corporations like Walmart and Audi that, among other things, powers search boxes on company websites.

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Article: Open Governance: A New Paradigm for Understanding Urban Governance in an Information Age

Open Governance, Open Source, Politics

Open Governance: A New Paradigm for Understanding Urban Governance in an Information Age

This theoretical viewpoint paper presents a new perspective on urban governance in an information age. Smart city governance is not only about technology but also about re-organizing collaboration between a variety of actors. The introduction of new tools for open collaboration in the public domain is rapidly changing the way collaborative action is organized.

These technologies reduce the transaction costs for massive collaboration dramatically and thus facilitate new forms of collaboration that we could call “open governance”:

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