Robert Steele: An Open Letter to All European Ministers on Peace Through Open Everything

Robert David Steele

Robert David Steele

An Open Letter to All European Ministers

Esteemed Ministers,

On 27 May the Competitiveness Council in Brussels announced a European decision to achieve Open Access to all scientific research data by 2020. This decision, and the implementing European framework programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020, will be recognized by future generations as the first serious step toward the creation of a prosperous world at peace. With this one decision Europe is turning away from centuries of war and waste; away from scientific reductionism, away from corporate ownership of public knowledge, away from legal barriers to innovation, and away from government neglect of the public interest.

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Jun 3

Stephen E. Arnold: A Non-Profit Search Engine

Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

A Not-For-Profit Search Engine? That’s So Crazy It Just Might Work

The Common Search Project has a simple and straightforward mission statement. They want a nonprofit search engine, an alternative to the companies currently running the Internet (ahem, Google.) They are extremely polite in their venture, but also firmly invested in three qualities for the search engine that they intend to build and run: openness, transparency, and independence. The core values include,

“Radical transparency. Our search results must be explainable and reproducible. All our code is open source and results are generated only using publicly available data. Transparency also extends to our governance, finances and day-to-day operations.

Independence. No single person, company or special interest must be able to influence the order of our search results to their benefit. …

Public service. We want to build and operate a free service targeted at a large, mainstream audience.”

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May 5

Daniel Araya: How BlockChain Will Change Everything

Daniel Araya

Daniel Araya

In proof we trust

Blockchain technology will revolutionise far more than money: it will change your life. Here’s how it actually works

by Dominic Frisby, Aeon.co

Phi Beta Iota: Single best overview on how blockchain impacts on 3.5 billion poor across all domains including democracy.

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Apr 28