Article: Today In Digital-First Banking: TrueLayer Lands $70 Million In Series D; Envestnet Acquires Harvest Savings

Money, Open Governance

Today In Digital-First Banking: TrueLayer Lands $70 Million In Series D; Envestnet Acquires Harvest Savings

In today’s top news in digital-first banking, TrueLayer landed $70 million in a funding round headed up by Addition, while Envestnet had acquired Harvest Savings & Wealth Technologies. Plus, Avant has purchased Zero Financial along with its neobank, Level.

TrueLayer notched $70 million in an Addition-led Series D funding round. The investment will assist the company in furthering the global growth of its open banking-based network and debut new products. TrueLayer is aiming to build out an open banking network that streamlines identity, financial data and payments.

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Article: Spain shares its Covid-19 app as open source following appeal from scientists

Code, Open Health, Open Software, Open Source

Spain shares its Covid-19 app as open source following appeal from scientists

Earlier this month, Spain published as open source the code for its Covid-19 track and trace application. Publication of the source code came just a few days after an online manifesto gathered more than one hundred signatures from academics and researchers at universities across the country. The manifesto calls on the government to “implement open processes to allow society to participate.”

The manifesto, now signed by 235 scientists, explains that the Covid application (entitled Radar Covid) is an example of a new generation of public infrastructure. Such an infrastructure requires the “publication of documentation and code to be scrutinised by the scientific community and civil society, to let them identify areas for improvement, contribute to development, and deploy democratic, inclusive digital solution that conform to the highest standards.”

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Article: Applying the Open Source Ethic to Civic Innovation

Open Source

Applying the Open Source Ethic to Civic Innovation

Improbable as it seems, there is actually a vibrant citizens’ research and development lab for innovation in civic life and culture.  It has its own building, funding from the city of Madrid,  and robust participation from activists, academics, techies, artists, policy experts and ordinary citizens.

Welcome to Medialab Prado in Madrid, Spain. It’s a very special institution that explores new forms of commoning on various tech platforms and systems. Billing itself as a “collective intelligence laboratory for democratic participation,” the lab pursues a wide-ranging agenda of R&D with great brio. In this moment of great danger to democracy, I find it inspiring that a serious, progressive-minded institution is boldly prowling the frontiers of experimental practice.

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Article: My Linux story: Covering open source in Spanish

Language, Open Data, Open Source

My Linux story: Covering open source in Spanish

From time to time, when I’m looking for some help on how to do something on my GNU/Linux desktop or server, I’ll come across an article or conversation in a language other than English. If that language happens to be French or Spanish, that’s fine for me. If it’s in Portuguese or Italian, I can stumble through it. And, for other languages, occasionally, I’ll give one of those online AI translators a go in the hopes of gleaning something useful.

But for folks who are comfortable only in English, I suspect that many potentially useful (and sometimes very entertaining) sources are unknown and ignored. And what are the options for people who aren’t comfortable in English, when so much that is written about open source (and many other topics) is in English?

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Article: Citizen participation and the rise of the Open Source City in Spain

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Citizen participation and the rise of the Open Source City in Spain

In the public sector, Spain has made big efforts not to lag behind digital leaders in terms of public e-readiness and e-government, but the country’s economic and political frameworks have dragged it downwards in global Networked Readiness rankings.

Literature shows that the crisis of participation and representation is pushing citizens outside of institutional politics and into new kinds of organisations which are strong in digital and social media. However, these efforts do not seem to be able to establish a dialogue with the institutions of representative democracy in order to perform the task that is needed – reform of the aforementioned institutions.

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Article: Barcelona Digital City

Code, Open Software, Open Source

Barcelona Digital City

Barcelona City Council has joined the movement for open-source software and supports the use of open code technology with the aim of achieving full technological sovereignty.

This choice allows the apparatus with which the City Council works every day to be audited publicly and in-depth. It also facilitates interaction between the local developer community and the public administration, which may lead to improvements in systems.

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Article: 4/4 Fabbing & cities: Barcelona Fab City

Hardware, Open Manufacturing

4/4 Fabbing & cities: Barcelona Fab City

This post is the fourth of 4 posts about Digital manufacturing (fabbing) environments that we have been publishing weekly on Fridays. In these posts I have shared my research on fab labs, open innovation and smart cities, mainly in Europe and in Spain.

The fourth post is the result of a research on fab labs and their relationship with smartcities. In the last two articles I have written about two recent nodes of the global fab lab network. Although there are other fablabs in Spain, I decided to give visibility to these two initiatives in León and in Sevilla.

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