Even as digital social innovations (DSI) are booming in Europe, obstacles remain for their being able to provide effective solutions to the big challenges of our times.
MiMA: an open source way to model the climate.
The creation of climate models with open source code, available for anyone to use, has improved scientific collaboration and helped research get more efficient.
Blockchain technology has turned conventional thinking about intellectual property and copyright on its head.
Blockchain technology is flourishing in an open-source environment, which raises the question of whether current intellectual property laws are the best tools to foster innovation.
Soil has many secrets: technology can help reveal its mysteries.
Mapping the soil with open source application is vital to understanding how to protect it.
How can we ensure technology brings prosperity to us all?
Political and community leaders must act now to preserve the American middle class and adapt the US economy for the 21st century.
Neighbours enjoy Madrid’s outdoor Cinema Usera.
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Born seemingly spontaneously out of a desire to create and manage shared spaces, Madrid's "citizen laboratories" are using new tools to build a new vision of how cities should be planned and run.
Professor Samir Brahmachar: ‘Why should drug discovery be kept in the Wright brothers’ era of trial and error?’
Professor Samir Brahmachari's innovative Open Source Drug Development allows thousands of researchers to work together to discover novel therapies for under-studied diseases.
It’s time for students to see Africa differently.
It's important to shift educational discourse in and around Africa in a more equitable, representative direction.
A reinvention, yes. But has it taken us in the right direction?
The iPhone mobile revolution put powerful computers in our pockets, but took away our rights to control them. Is that worth celebrating?
Open-source code can be a literal lifesaver.
When lives are at stake, there's no time for secrecy. Just publish the code.
By working in real time together, we can create something robust and inexpensive in a short time frame.
With the right investment, an open source drug discovery system might compete with the traditional pharmaceutical industry to deliver the drugs we need.
Imagine where working together on open data can get us?
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This method of crowdsourcing science legwork is ready to expand into other disciplines – and maybe the amateurs themselves can start calling some of the shots.
CubeSats upon release from the International Space Station.
Just about anyone can get a tiny, cheap satellite into orbit these days. As we consider how to deploy them responsibly, inspiration comes from an amateur community of enthusiasts.
Online activism now means creating alternative ways to work, communicate and protest.
Opening the artificial mind to public review and improvement.
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The world's largest technology companies are making public the programming and hardware designs at the center of their businesses.
Google’s machine learning software already does some pretty amazing things, such as visual translations.
Google's decision to release its machine learning software as open source could be a major boost for the development of new Artificial Intelligence technologies.
Open access is crucial for South Africa and other developing countries.
South Africa does some amazing research but cannot share it globally because of restrictive copyright laws or unreasonable policies and embargo periods set by publishers that limit their audience.
Sources close to the code.
Software freebies can help businesses grow, innovate and attract staff -- assuming they've worked out how to protect against the dangers.
Beware of geeks bearing gifts…
Microsoft’s part in a US$70m investment in CyanogenMod has raised many eyebrows: why is Microsoft investing in a popular version of the Android mobile phone operating system, when it has its own competing…
When all your appliances are internet-enabled, whose hands are holding the remote control?
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An ever-increasing number of our consumer electronics is internet-connected. We’re living at the dawn of the age of the Internet of Things. Appliances ranging from light switches and door locks, to cars…