Article: Kat Cloud: How Do We Unlock Open Banking? The Answer’s in the Data

Money, Open Governance

Kat Cloud: How Do We Unlock Open Banking? The Answer’s in the Data

This is exactly the angle being discussed here by our guest Kat Cloud, the UK Policy Lead for the Open Banking platform Plaid. Her work focuses on protecting and enabling consumer’s rights to access and use their financial data. Before joining Plaid, Kat was the policy lead for Open Banking and PSD2 at the Financial Conduct Authority. A self-confessed payment-nerd, she has played key roles in delivering Open Banking, PSD2, and now open finance for the UK.

If Open Banking is going to truly revolutionize the financial services industry, then data democracy is the key to lowering the remaining barriers to progress and improving the consumer experience. How consumers access, manage and crucially, control their data has been the focus of the Open Banking debate for years.

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Article: Building the Edge with Community-powered Innovation

Innovation, Open Space

Building the Edge with Community-powered Innovation

There was a time when large technology vendors and enterprises wouldn’t touch open source software with a 10-foot pole. But now most embrace it avidly. What’s more, it’s almost certain that open source will be at the forefront of edge computing’s evolution.

“When the concept of open source just appeared, it started a battle royale between the advocates of proprietary software and open source software…. technically which has still never ended,” writes Scott Douglas Clary in a history of open source for Hackernoon. “Large market players such as Oracle and Microsoft considered open source as a threat to their proprietary IP and, in the bigger picture, their business model. Today many companies release proprietary software as well as open source projects, which has definitely increased in its popularity in the late 90’s and early 00’s.”

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Article: UK Open Banking Adoption Is On the Rise According to New Yapily Research

Money, Open Governance

UK Open Banking Adoption Is On the Rise According to New Yapily Research

New data released by the Open Banking infrastructure provider Yapily has highlighted how all of the UK’s major retail banks have made significant improvements in their Open Banking API response times over the last 12 months since Q1 2020.

The data was compiled by Yapily through its Open Banking API infrastructure and monitoring tools. It provides tangible proof that the UK’s high street banks are making positive strides to close the gap on the challenger banks and meet the demands of UK businesses and consumers by providing the Open Banking services they want and need to confidently recover and rebuild in the coming months.

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Article: Equinix boosts Packet’s Tinkerbell open source bare metal provisioning system

Hardware, Materials, Open Manufacturing, Open Source

Equinix boosts Packet’s Tinkerbell open source bare metal provisioning system

Equinix has announced improvements to the Tinkerbell provisioning system it uses for its Equinix Metal bare-metal infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering.

Equinix Metal, launched in October 2020, uses technology from Packet, which Equinix bought in January 2020. The enterprise colocation giant says that Tinkerbell already provisions thousands of servers per day for Equinix. It now has additional features, some of them with Peter-Pan-inspired names, and has joined the Sandbox program at the Cloud Neutral Computing Foundation (CNCF), the home of Kubernetes and other open source projects for containers and cloud infrastructure.

“Today we announced that Tinkerbell has added a bunch of new features and gained momentum since joining the CNCF sandbox program,” said Zac Smith. managing director of Equinix Metal.

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Article: The open-source startup helping creators turn audiences into a business

Code, Open Software, Open Source

The open-source startup helping creators turn audiences into a business

With everyone and their mom jumping on the newsletter train, there’s been a dark horse that has bet on the creator economy for nearly a decade.

Ghost, which offers a suite of publishing tools for creators, vouches to help writers “turn your audience into a business.”

They’ve quietly scaled to $3m ARR, while enabling the creators on their platform to bring in $2.2m of their own. In a race with much bigger fish, Ghost has kept up through their unique business model (a nonprofit, open-source, fully remote company) that has been profitable since 2014.

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Article: Linux Foundation, DARPA collaborate on open source for 5G

Open Infrastructure, Open Source, Spectrum

Linux Foundation, DARPA collaborate on open source for 5G

The Linux Foundation has signed an agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to establish an open source project for the U.S. government. The agreement calls for the Linux Foundation and DARPA to work together in the areas of 5G, edge, artificial intelligence, standards, programmability and IoT, among other technologies.

According to a press release, the project will launch as a standard open source project with neutral governance and a charter similar to other projects within the Linux Foundation. It’s also leveraging existing network open source projects and community efforts in the form of SDN/NFV, disaggregation and cloud native.

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Article: Robot to find and connect medical scientists working on the same research via Open Data

Access, Document, Drugs, Open Decision-Support, Open Health, Research

Robot to find and connect medical scientists working on the same research via Open Data

Sharing research data or Open Science, aims to accelerate scientific discovery, which is of particular importance in the case of new medicines and treatments. A grant proposal by an international research team, led by Dr Chase C. Smith, MCPHS University, and submitted to the Open Science Prize, suggests development of what the authors call The SCience INtroDuction Robot, (SCINDR). The project’s proposal is available in the open access journal Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO).

Building on an open source electronic lab notebook (ELN) developed by the same team, the robot would discover and alert scientists from around the world who are working on similar molecules in real time. Finding each other and engaging in open and collaborative research could accelerate and enhance medical discoveries.

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Article: Open Tech Forever Challenges Proprietary Innovation

Hardware, Open Manufacturing, Open Source

Open Tech Forever Challenges Proprietary Innovation

Open source hardware could be a revolutionary tool for unlocking our shackles to profit motivated, proprietary innovation. It has a vision to alleviate poverty through empowering decentralized and affordable, small scale production. Participants anywhere in the world can use the internet to access, improve, or adapt designs for local manufacturing and drastically increase the rate of innovation.

Open Tech Forever (OTF) is emerging to become a new force in open source hardware development by building an open source factory where it will produce open technology.

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