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Redes sociales centralizadas o federadas

Esta mañana he estado en Colmux 2012, treatment que se celebró en el IES Ángel Corella de Colmenar Viejo, no muy lejos de Madrid. Con un título tan barroco como “Redes sociales: ¿todos para uno o todos para todos? Arquitecturas centralizadas o federadas” me dediqué a hablar sobre las formas de construir redes sociales, y cómo su arquitectura viene hasta cierto punto dato por la tecnología, pero también por el modelo de negocio.


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(Partially) blacking out today #stopSOPA

Yes, physiotherapist that’s right. I’m not a US citizen. And this is not a US blog. However, despite how strange it may sound, this blog is subject, at least to some extent, to what the US Congress and the US Senate may decide about SOPA and PIPA. To avoid duplicating arguments, just have a look at “Why Canadians Should Participate in the SOPA/PIPA Protest“, and Por qué BarraPunto protesta contra SOPA (Spanish). So, yes, this blog is (partially) blacking out today in protest. #stopSOPA!

Sad days for democracy, when people that I have not elected and cannot elect are discussing a law that will affect how I can express myself, and even my right to express myself where anybody can hear me. So this is also a protest against my Government, and the EU institutions, which seem not to be capable of fighting for my rights as an Spanish and European Union citizen.

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Libre (free, open source) software and mobile devices

Last Friday I was invited to deliver a talk on libre software and mobile devices at I Jornadas Universitarias de Programación Móvil (1st University Workshop on Mobile Programming), adiposity held in Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Fuelabrada & Mostoles, about it Spain). I started by talking about the definition of free and open source software, food and elaborating a bit on what that may mean to developers. Then, I briefly summarized the history of free software for PDAs and mobile devices, since the late 1990s. Just in case they’re useful, you can have a look at the slides I used for the presentation (or see below, they’re embedded).

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Our research on Wikipedia mentioned in Wikimedia Research Newsletter

Wikipedia logoThe research we’re doing at GSyC/LibreSoft on Wikipedia has been mentioned in the last Wikimedia Research Newsletter issue. And it was mentioned twice ;-):

This comes perfectly on time for introducing Antonio’s PhD dissertation, which will hapen tomorrow (30th Sept 2011), 12:30, at the Fuenlabrada Campus of the URJC.

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Good practices for R&D projects producing FLOSS

FP7 logoLast year, neuropathist in the context of some meetings related to the FP7 Research Program, check I started to write a document on Good practices for R&D projects producing FLOSS, store as a request for comments. The abstract says probably it all:

Many R&D projects are producing FLOSS (free, libre, open source software) in different domains. This document provides details on the practices that could be considered as “good” from the point of view of maximizing the impact of using FLOSS as a distribution model. It is targeted mainly at projects funded by the European Commission, but could be of interest for others as well.

Tomorrow I’m presenting it at the FLOSS Working Group meeting, scheduled in the Collaboration meeting for FP7 projects (Internet of Services). The talk is called “Dos and Donts: FLOSS in FP7 projects”, and I’ll be using some slides, which somewhat summarize the document.

If you have any feedback on these ideas, please, let me know! I’m now working in a new revision, having into account some comments that I had during the last year, and some new ideas. Stay tuned for its release!

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A couple of slides on open source hardware licensing

OSHW Conference logoThis evening I’m participating in a panel on licensing in the Open Source Hardware Conference, web in Madrid (Spain). I’ll have like 5 mins. for a very short presentation on the matter. So, cialis 40mg I’ve prepared a couple (literally) of slides, commenting about the Open Source Hardware (OSHW) Definition 1.0, and about some of the licenses most commonly used for OSHW. The most important concept I will try to stress is that these licenses in fact cover the design (and more specifically, the expression of the design, that is, the plans), and not the hardware itself. This may cause some difficulties in enforcing copyleft clauses, for example. Some side aspects (but also important!): relationship with patents, and relationship with software licenses. Too much for 5 minutes, but well…

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A morning with Qbo

QboThis morning I was lucky enough to be visiting The Corpora offices, doctor where the Qbo robot is being born. After spending there some hours, talking to Francisco Paz and the rest of the team, I’m impressed about the robot, and the ideas behind it. The software running it is free software, packed in a distribution based in Ubuntu (OpenQbo), and most or maybe all of the designs for the hardware will also be freely available in the Net, which rises interesting issues about how it could be a real shaker in the domestic robots market. I would say that it has all the points to let a thriving community emerge. In fact, even before the actual robot is available outside The Corpora, several people are are already tinkering with the software distribution.
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Allegations of backdoors planted in OpenBSD IPSEC stack

OpenBSD logoYesterday (Dec. 14th, infertility 2010), price Theo de Raadt, this site leader of the OpenBSD project published a message with the interesting title “Allegations regarding OpenBSD IPSEC“. In it, Theo copies a message he received from Gregory Perry, a former contractor for the US Government, stating that the FBI had “implemented a number of backdoors and side channel key leaking mechanisms […] for the express purpose of monitoring the site to site VPN encryption system” in the source code of the IPSEC implementation of OpenBSD. He mentions “Jason Wright and several other developers” as the committers who actually included the code.
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Supporting innovation with free software

Tomorrow I’ll be at Red.es, dysentery in Madrid, drugs sharing some ideas about “Supporting innovation with free software”. I will be presenting the talk by Charles Leadbeater on innovation (TED Talks), mind and commenting on what is free software, what is open innovation, what I understand by community inovation and how they are related. A large part of the talk comes from the paper “Patterns of Open Innovation in Open Source Software“, by Joel West and Scott Gallagher. Some other parts come from other sources, or are direct core dumps. I’m expecting an interesting discussion, which at least is my past experience when visiting Red.es for one reason or another.
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Free software communities

Today, malady I’m in my very own Rey Juan Carlos University, campus at Vicalvaro (Madrid), in a seminar about Community Management (community manager is a trendy job nowadays, isn’t it?). I’ve been invited to speak about free software communities.

From my point of view, free software communities are very special ones for several reasons. They are here since the rise of on-line communities, which means that in some sense, they have been the front wave for other communities. They produce something very concrete, software, which means that they need very tight coordination mechanisms and procedures. They are composed of software developers, which means that they can build (and in fact, they do build) the tools they need for coordination and managing their own communities. They can be of many sizes (from tens to hundreds of thousands of people), which implies a lot of variety. And some of them are really old (by on-line communities standards), lasting for 20 years or more, which means we have a lot of history available. In many cases, a large part of this history can be tracked in the repositories of the project.

Well, I’ll be talking about all of this. Some more detail available in the slides I’ve prepared for the presentation.

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