Jean Lievens: Apps for Antwerp – From Open Data to Open Services

Categories: Access,Design
Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Apps for Antwerp: From Open Data to Open Services

Since 2012 the City of Antwerp is releasing open data and the datasets keep coming our way, but that is not all what Antwerp is releasing.

Phi Beta Iota: Event date is in the past but worthy of note in relation to location and scope.

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Feb 27

Sepp Hasslberger: FLOSS (Open Source) Laptop with No Mystery Abusive Software

Categories: Hardware
Sepp Hasslberger

Sepp Hasslberger

Finally a laptop geared specifically for open source (free/libre) operating system and software…

Librem 15: A Free/Libre Software Laptop That Respects Your Essential Freedoms

The Purism Librem 15 is the first high-end laptop in the world that ships without mystery software in the kernel, operating system, or any software applications. Every other consumer-grade laptop you can purchase comes with an operating system that includes suspect, proprietary software, and there’s no way for you to know what that software does. The reality is that unless every aspect of your kernel, operating system, and software applications are free/libre and open source, there is no way to know that your computer is truly working in your best interest. Purism is the first to solve this problem. Read more.

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Feb 23

SchwartzReport: 14 Year Old Hacker Takes Down Auto Industry — NOW Will You Listen to Us?

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

This is an amazing story of the difference between  middle aged corporate thinking is, and where teenagers born into the computer world are.

A 14-year-old hacker caught the auto industry by surprise

One Student’s Exploits Showed Executives How Vulnerable Their Cars Are

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Feb 22

Michel Bauwens: Professor Christian Iaione on the City as Commons

Michel Bauwens

Michel Bauwens

Interviewed: Professor Christian Iaione on the City as Commons

A commons-based economy cannot thrive without appropriate institutions, especially those that represent a “partner state” approach. Professor Christian Iaione of LUISS University in Rome is a pioneer of such institutional innovation in Italian cities. I believe his work with the city of Bologna on Bologna’s Regulation for the Care and Regeneration of Urban Commons is a breakthrough. This regulation allows citizen coalitions to propose improvements to their neighborhoods, and the city to contract with citizens for key assistance. In other words, the municipality functions as an enabler giving citizens individual and collective autonomy. More than 30 projects have already been approved in this context and dozens of Italian cities are adopting this regulation. Read more.

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Feb 21