Reference: How Web-Code Geeks Help NGO’s and Media

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Events this week – NPOCamp and Austin News Hackathon

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Two great events coming up this weekend in Austin, sponsored by EFF-Austin.

Friday, join us at NPO Camp – a Barcamp for Nonprofits and Techs. We had one of these several months ago, and it was a real blast! The idea here is to bring the nonprofit and technology communities together for a day and talk about the technical challenges the NPOs face, while educating the techs about that world. Last event, we had 200+ attendees forming into sessions and pods; all were lively.  Greg Foster, our newest EFF-Austin board member, has done most of the legwork in organizing the event, with major production assistance from Maggie Duval, also a board member and producer of the annual Plutopia event during SXSW. Sign up here.

Saturday, coders and journalists come together to build innovative news applications at the Austin News Hackathon, cosponsored by EFF-Austin and the local Hacks Hackers chapter led by Cindy Royal.  The day will begin with a presentation by Matt Stiles and Niran Babalola of the Texas Tribune, talking about some of the news apps they’ve been developing. Then teams will form to match ideas from journalists with technical expertise from the coders who are attending. These kinds of events are the future of journalism!  This event also benefited from Maggie Duval’s production assistance. Sign up here.

Both events will be catered by Pick Up Stix of South Austin.

Phi Beta Iota: The convergence-emergence that is starting to pick up momentum is happening all around us.  Here we see two example of “cognitive surplus” creating “infinite wealth” as web and code geeks help, respectively, non-profit organizations and journalists.  This is the model of the future–there is plenty of wealth for everyone, we just need to stop corruption at all levels across all domains–we do this with transparency where money is involved, and with open space where money is not involved.

Journal: Microsoft Bing Plus Facebook

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Full Story Online

SEATTLE — Microsoft is starting to incorporate what your friends do on Facebook right into its Bing search engine.

A new feature rolling out Wednesday will start showing what Facebook friends “like” on the search results page.

On Facebook and sites around the Web, people can click a “like” button to show support or share information with friends. On Bing, if you search for a topic in the news, articles friends have shared on Facebook might appear. Restaurants and movies that friends have “liked” could help you decide what to do on your next date.

Microsoft has been working with Facebook since 2006.

The feature could help distinguish Bing from Google, which only has access to information users make public.

Phi Beta Iota: The various Microsoft initiatives are both inspiring and troubling–inspiring because Microsoft is clearly struggling with its inner demons and reaching out to “not invented here” options; and troubling because there does not appear to be any over-arching strategy.  Amazon is the mother lode for intelligent content–when will Microsoft bite the bullet and make Jeff Bezos an offer he cannot refuse?  THAT will be a game changer.

Reference: Blogs and Bullets–No Brains for Now

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Tip of the Hat to  Pierre Levy at LinkedIn.

Phi Beta Iota: This excellent but truncated report has the same problem we saw in Global Governance 2025–it just does not “get” the dual facts that a) governments no longer rule and b) connecting is not the main event–sense-making is the main event and it is 5-10 years off.  THAT will be the revolution.  Better–and earlier–insights remain those in 2002 Pinkham (US) Citizen Advocacy in the Information Age and Reference: Social Search 101.   The future was defined in 1989, then again in 1992, 1998, and on and on.  Connecting all humans with all information in all languages all the time is the end-game.  Anything less lacks integrity.

Reference: Emerging Open Source Database Giant

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The best open source database?

Ever since Oracle got its hands on MySQL via the Sun acquisition, many in the open source community have been hoping for a new open source database champion to emerge, notes Alan Shimel. With the release of version 9.0, it looks like PostgreSQL is stepping into the void. Some say PostgreSQL is the world’s most advanced open source database. Alan Shimel interviews two of the projects leading contributors. They discuss many of the latest, greatest features in 9.0.

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Reference: OpenBTS Open Access Cellular Ham Hack

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The OpenBTS project was by ‘Camp Papa Legba’, named after the Haitian Loa.

“In Haitian Vodou, Papa Legba is the intermediary between the loa and humanity. He stands at a spiritual crossroads and gives (or denies) permission to speak with the spirits of Guinee, and is believed to speak all human languages. He is always the first and last spirit invoked in any ceremony, because his permission is needed for any communication between mortals and the loa – he opens and closes the doorway. In Haiti, he is the great elocution, the voice of God, as it were. Legba facilitates communication, speech and understanding.”

GNU Radio Not Google Overview

Learn about Papa Legba (Wikipedia)
Learn About the Burning Man 2010 Implementation
Learn About the Technology
Appreciate the FCC License
Niue Pilot System, Spring 2010
Last year’s Burning Man GNU Radio FAQ
This Year’s Notice

From Todd Huffman to Dave Warner to Phi Beta Iota.

Journal: Open Mobile, Open Spectrum, Open Web

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Openmoko™ – Open. Mobile. Free.

Openmoko™ is a project dedicated to delivering mobile phones with an open source software stack. Openmoko is currently selling the Neo FreeRunner phone to advanced users and will start selling it to the general public as soon as the software is more developed.

Phi Beta Iota: We’ve had our say on “Open Everything” GNOMEDEX and again at “Open Everything” UNICEF, and it just keeps getting better and better.  The cell phone is the principle device for Hacking Humanity, in part because it enables micro-everything including directed micro-giving and micro-trading with Open Money.

Below are two related items:

Updated Chart on Mobile Phone Applications (by sunset eastern)

Trip Report from Burning Man’s Open Cellular Network

EXCERPT: Today I bring you a story that has it all: a solar-powered, low-cost, open source cellular network that’s revolutionizing coverage in underprivileged and off-grid spots. It uses VoIP yet works with existing cell phones. It has pedigreed founders. Best of all, it is part of the sex, drugs and art collectively known as Burning Man. Where do you want me to begin?

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Cell towers that blend vs. those that offend

“We make GSM look like a wireless access point. We make it that simple,” describes one of the project’s three founders, Glenn Edens.  The technology starts with the “they-said-it-couldn’t-be-done” open source software, OpenBTS.