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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Shuttleworth to Gov: Get in the Game!

I speak frequently about the need for governments to take affirmative steps to open their ICT ecosystems. This is a major point in the Open ePolicy Group's Roadmap for Open ICT Ecosystems.

This idea was echoed yesterday by Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu's founder, at a speech in the Philippines.

The Roadmap urges governments to increase the presence of open source in ICT ecosystems. This does not mean mandating open source in all cases. It does mean mandating choice in public procurement -- combined with actions that will increase the competitiveness of open source. Advocacy by governments, as Mark Shuttleworth urged, is one key step.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Who Owns Your Documents?

This is important! Ask yourself this question . . .

When you create a Word document, an Excel spreadsheet or a Powerpoint presentation, do you own that document?

Maybe you wrote a letter. Or a presentation for a meeting. You did it on your computer with your own hands. It is your information you put into the document. But when you saved your document, the name of your file ends with .doc or .xls or .ppt.

You don't own .doc, .xls or .ppt

One company owns them. Microsoft.

So, it is your information you wrote, but do you own the document you created?

Who controls access to your information?