Patrick Meier: Summary of Recent Accomplishments

Patrick Meier

Patrick Meier

QED – Goodbye Doha, Hello Adventure!

EXTRACT

I joined the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) well over 3 years ago with a very specific mission and mandate: to develop and deploy next generation humanitarian technologies. So I built the Institute’s Social Innovation Program from the ground up and recruited the majority of the full-time experts (scientists, engineers, research assistants, interns & project manager) who have become integral to the Program’s success.

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Oct 15

Yoda: Google Going Up In Flames

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Strike, lightning did….

Four Lightning Strikes in Belgium Erase Google Customer Data

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Aug 20

Stephen E. Arnold: Oracle’s Seriously Stupid Security “Chief”

Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

Oracle: The Ostrich Syndrome

I read “Oracle’s Chief Security Officer Mary Ann Davidson Just Made as Rookie Mistake.” No, it has nothing to do with trying to breathe life into Oracle Secure Enterprise Search or increasing the content processing speed of Endeca. Those might be really difficult tasks.

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Aug 16

Richard Stallman and Phil Zimmerman underline key concerns with tech sector

Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman and Phil Zimmerman underline key concerns with tech sector

Two of technology’s most pioneering developers have strongly criticised the current state of the industry, warning that the right to encryption is doomed and that users are exploited by the software that they use.

Open sourcerer Richard Stallman has painted a very bleak picture of today’s technology and communications environment, describing proprietary software as “malware”.

Stallman, the founder of the free software movement, perhaps not surprisingly has a very jaundiced view of proprietary software, and of Microsoft Windows especially. “What kinds of programs constitute malware? Operating systems, first of all. Windows snoops on users, shackles users and, on mobiles, censors apps,” he wrote in a newspaper editorial.

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Jun 2