AVAILABLE: Translation Rights for Open Source Everything Manifesto

Amazon Page

Amazon Page

Doug Reil, leader of North Atlantic Books, publisher of THE OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING MANIFESTO: Transparency, Truth, & Trust (Evolver Editions, 2012) has agreed to revert all translation right back to the author.

Chinese, French, and Spanish translations are under discussion, all under Creative Commons license, all using volunteers or state-funded translators.  I am seeking volunteers to serve as focal points for the translation of the book into other languages and volunteers to do one chapter each for each book that has a focal point established. All translators will be personally acknowledged by name at the beginning of each book for which the contribute a partial translation.

Publishers committing to offer a free version online while also publishing commercially are welcome to get in touch.

Email robert.david.steele.vivas [at] gmail [dot] com.

See Also:

Open Source Everything Manifesto Home Page

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Aug 27

Robert Steele YouTube & PPT on Open Source Everything and World Change

PPT (11 Slides): OSE YouTube Brief

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Aug 22

Richard Stallman: TEDx Video Introduction to Free Software and Liberation of Cyberspace

Categories: Software
Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman

Are you in search of an easy way to explain to others what free software is and why it matters? Or are you perhaps wondering why you yourself should be concerned about computer-user freedom? If your answer is yes, then this TEDx talk by RMS is what you’re looking for!

VIDEO (13:39) and Additional Text

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Aug 20

Graphic: Embedded Intelligence — Adding Open Source Everything (Engineering Intelligence), True Cost Economics (Supply Intelligence) and Holistic Analytics (Demand Intelligence)

Enhanced Graphic:

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Source: Robert David Steele

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Aug 15

Jean Lievens: The Sharing Economy Will Thrive Only If Government Doesn’t Strangle It

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

The Sharing Economy Will Thrive Only If Government Doesn’t Strangle It

R. J. Lehmann

Reason.com, 2 August 2014

We’re unlocking unthinkable amounts of capital and lawmakers stand in the way.

The so-called sharing economy is many things to many people. To Wall Street and Silicon Valley, firms like Uber and Airbnb offer tantalizing market capitalizations, the likes of which have not been seen since the go-go ’90s. At the same time, political operatives see the emerging debates over regulation of ride-sharing and space-sharing as a potential opening for the libertarian right to assert their world view in urban politics for the first time in a long time.

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See Also:

Five Principles for Regulating the Peer Production Economy

Regulation won’t kill the sharing economy — we just need new rules.

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Aug 6

Jean Lievens: YouTube (36:48) Ericsson Open Source Model – Importance of Community and Impact on Business Models

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

The emergence of industrial strength open source solutions now opens new possibilities as it allows increasing agility and ability to get required product features and improvements faster, facilitate customization for specific domains, reduce dependency towards commercial vendors, and reduce overall cost.

In this presentation, we will discuss Ericsson’s evolution over the last decade regarding usage of open source solutions, investments in the industrialization of open source technologies, involvement in the open source community, lessons learned, and plan for future development. We will also discuss the impact of open source on business models for both technology providers/suppliers and end-users.

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Aug 4

Patrick Meier: Crowdsourced Crisis Map of UAV/Aerial Videos for Disaster Response

Patrick Meier

Patrick Meier

Crowdsourced Crisis Map of UAV/Aerial Videos for Disaster Response

The first version of the Humanitarian UAV Network’s Crisis Map of UAV/aerial videos is now live on the Network’s website. The crowdsourced map features dozens of aerial videos of recent disasters. Like social media, this new medium—user-generated (aerial) content—can be used by humanitarian organizations to complement their damage assessments and thus improve situational awareness.

The purpose of this Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators) map is not only to provide humanitarian organizations and disaster-affected communities with an online repository of aerial information on disaster damage to augment their situational awareness; this crisis map also serves to raise awareness on how to safely & responsibly use small UAVs for rapid damage assessments. This explains why users who upload new content to the map must confirm that they have read the UAViator‘s Code of Conduct. They also have to confirm that the videos conform to the Network’s mission and that they do not violate privacy or copyrights. In sum, the map seeks to crowdsource both aerial footage and critical thinking for the responsible use of UAVs in humanitarian settings.

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Jul 18

Patrick Meier: Using UAVs for Community Mapping & Disaster Risk Reduction — The Haiti Example

Patrick Meier

Patrick Meier

Using UAVs for Community Mapping and Disaster Risk Reduction in Haiti

“What if, to solve our problems, we simply need to rise above them?” CartONG and France’s OpenStreetMap (OSM) community recently teamed up to support OSM Haiti’s disaster risk reduction efforts by deploying a small UAV, “which proved very useful for participatory mapping.” The video documentary below provides an excellent summary of this humanitarian UAV mission which took place just a few weeks ago.

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As I noted in this earlier blog post on grassroots UAVs, the use of UAVs at the community level can be viewed as an extension of community and participatory mapping, which is why community engagement is pivotal for humanitarian UAV deployments. In many ways, a micro-UAV can actually bring a community together; can catalyze conversations & participation, which should be taken as more than simply a positive externality. Public Participatory GIS Projects (PPGIS) have long been used as a means to catalyze community conversations and even conflict resolution and mediation. So one should not overlook the positive uses of UAVs as a way to convene a community. Indeed, as CartONG and partners rightly note in the above video documentary, “The UAV is the uniting tool that brings the community together.”

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Jul 10

Stephen E. Arnold: Open Source – High Value, Low Regard?

Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

Open Source: High Value, Low Regard?

July 3, 2014

If you are interested in the utility of open source information, you will want to pay particular attention to the disappearing content triggered by the EU’s right to be forgotten. Information is hard to find if the index has been scrubbed. I thought about the “disappearing” of information when I read “Out of Band.” The write up states:

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Jul 6

Graphic: Open Source Agency Focus

SIMPLE

OSA Implementation Simple Cropped

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COMPLEX

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PM: Both revised to change Strategic to Strategy

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Jul 2