Reference: Open Government Index


A New Way of Measuring Openness: The Open Governance Index

Liz Laffan

Technology Innovation Management Review (January 2012)

How open is open enough?

Joel West, Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Open source software is now “business as usual” in the mobile industry. While much attention is given to the importance of open source licenses, we argue in this article that the governance model can be as necessary to a project’s success and that projects vary widely in the governance models – whether open or closed – that they employ. Open source governance models describe the control points that are used to influence open source projects with regard to access to the source code, how the source code is developed, how derivatives are created, and the community structure of the project. Governance determines who has control over the project beyond what is deemed legally necessary via the open source licenses for that project. The purpose of our research is to define and measure the governance of open source projects, in other words, the extent to which decision-making in an open source project is “open” or “closed”. We analyzed eight open source projects using 13 specific governance criteria across four areas of governance: access, development, derivatives and

Our findings suggest that the most open platforms will be most successful in the long term, however we acknowledge exceptions to this rule. We also identify best practices that are common across these open source projects with regard to source code access, development of source code, management of derivatives, and community structure. These best practices increase the likelihood of developer use of and involvement in open source projects.

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PDF: Laffan_TIMReview_January2012 Open Government Index

John Steiner: From Israel, Call for Politics of Heroism versus Hope

John Steiner

Phi Beta Iota:  The full combination of pieces is strongly recommended as  a total read.  The contributing author whose work has been forwarded by Brother John makes a fundamental ethical and intellectual mistake, assuming that there is a significant difference between the Democratic and Republican parties.  Not so.  This is not an either/or choice between two evils.  True heroism demands a “neither” choice, and a demand for an Electoral Reform Summit in time to open November 2012 to all eight qualified parties, not just the two-party tyranny that fronts for those it has corrupted (business does not corrupt government — government shakes down business when it chooses to be corrupt).  Learn more about imminent possibilities demanding only public intelligence and public integrity, at

Dear Friend,

Below please find “From A ‘Politics of Hope’ To A ‘Politics of Heroism’,” recently published by Tikkun (see their spring issue on Occupy — It is an attempt to describe the politics that will be required, likely for the rest of our lives, if human civilization and American democracy are to be saved.

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Theophillis Goodyear: The Essence of Shared Power Over Absolute Power

Theophillis Goodyear

I watched the video of that French guy. He's absolutely right, of course.

The best way to get points across is through simile, metaphor, and allegory. This movie from 1936 illustrates the principle.
If you need a break but want to combine work with leisure, this movie suits that purpose. It's about an average guy who becomes omnipotent. He's not a bad guy, but omnipotent power overwhelms him. And eventually he screws everything up.
Only shared power can keep the most egotistical among us from being consumed by power to the point where our finite minds cause infinite damage.
The movie only costs $2 for 7 days.

Tom Atlee: Entering Interdependence on Independence Day

P2P / Panarchy, Politics
Tom Atlee

Entering Interdependence on Independence Day

Dear friends,

So many thoughts on US Independence Day….

1.  For years there have been Declarations of INTERdependence and suggestions and organizing for INTERdependence day.  I first learned about this 8 years ago and wrote it up at  Googling it today I see the movement has flourished – and it seems that the debate about when to celebrate “Interdependence Day” is shaking out in favor of September 12 (or September 10-12) – when the US's interdependence with the rest of the world came home in a painfully vivid way – rather than on July 4th.  As far as I'm concerned, it would be very appropriate to celebrate Interdependence Day every month, or every week, or even every day.  After all, interdependence could be considered the most important concept – I should say reality – in our world today.  In his essay below, Shane Claiborne proclaims  July 4th Interdependence Day and offers actions you can take to manifest your awareness of interdependence.  I would add to his list: “Take some action to change the systems that so powerfully shape our interdependence, so that those systems help everyone – including our grandchildren – have high quality lives.”

2.  A recent Bill Moyers' essay notes that Independence Day is rooted in the famous words of Thomas Jefferson that all men are created equal, which Moyers sees as a betrayal, since Jefferson held slaves till the day he died and his will decreed they be sold to pay off his debts.  On the other hand, Sharif Abdullah argues in an email to his network that Jefferson's failure was a weakness rather than a betrayal – a kind of weakness most of us share: “The reason Jefferson did not free his slaves is the same reason I drive a car that runs on gasoline — it would be very inconvenient not to do so.  Just as we, two centuries later, look down on Jefferson for not living his values, how will our descendants treat me, the author of ‘Creating a World That Works for All', and my ‘weakness' of spewing tons of carbon into the atmosphere, because I want the convenience of not getting wet while traveling.  While we may criticize Jefferson, we should do so with compassion — because we all share the same ‘weakness' for expediency and convenience.”  As Matthew writes in the Bible, “first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.”  Verily, verily, perhaps we should focus some serious resources and attention on both castings, and do it soon, since we are all interdependent and co-creating the much better or much worse world our grandchildren will live in.

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YouTube: (5:40) Robert Steele on Restoring Democracy in the USA in 2012

Culture, Government, Politics, YouTube

Outlines the two reasons Steele ran for President (to put all the best non-partisan ideas in one place, at and to connect with an evaluate all of the other Presidential candidates.  Steele goes on to outline precisely what needs to happen in the way of an Electoral Reform Summit and a non-negotiable national demand for the Electoral Reform Act of 2012–the only real possibility for a constructive non-violent restoration of democracy in the USA–and thence elsewhere.  We are living a lie, suffocated by the two-party tyranny that has sold out the birthright of every citizen.  This is not rocket science — all it demands is citizens with intelligence and integrity coming together around the obvious….open source everything, starting with US politics.

Tags:  democracy Republic Constitution tyranny transparency truth toxicity theft trust

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YouTube (4:10) The Open Source Everythinig Manifesto: Transparency, Truth & Trust

THE OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING MANIFESTO – Transparency, Truth, & Trust . . . the meme, the mind-set, and the method