Category: news & announcements

U.S. To Introduce Draconian Anti-Piracy Censorship Bill

The U.S. Government is determined to put an end to online piracy. In an attempt to give copyright holders and the authorities all the tools required to disable access to so-called rogue sites, lawmakers will soon introduce the PROTECT IP Act. Through domain seizures, ISP blockades, search engine censorship, and cutting funding of allegedly copyright infringing websites, the bill takes […]

The National Archives releases new version of file-identification software DROID

On 7 March 2011, the National Archives launched the newest version of Digital Record Object Identification (DROID), an open source, file-identification and digital data management tool for the public and private sectors, and for individuals to download and use. DROID can scan millions of files at a time and correctly identify hundreds of different file formats, including most document, audio […]

Shopping Online, Privacy, Data Protection and Third-Party Tracking

In the wake of yet another e-commerce data breach in which the names and email addresses of millions of online shoppers and credit card users have been accessed illegally, researchers in the US suggest that privacy discussions, and ultimately legislation must urgently focus on the expanding roles of third-parties handling pervasive online customer profiles. Nancy King of the College of […]

Moving to open source would save government one to four billion

The Dutch could save one to four billion Euro per year, if their public administrations would move to open source software, according to calculations done by the ministry of the Interior. The ministry deemed the report ‘unsound’ and wanted to keep it under wraps, but members of the Parliament demanded access to the report. “I knew that enhancing competition would […]

Open-Source Software Is Actually More Secure for Health Care IT

Globally the sale of health care information systems is a multibillion dollar industry. The vast costs, frequent failed systems, and inability of systems to talk to each other regularly attract media comment. However policy makers still shy away from a class of software, Open Source, that could address many of these problems, because of worries about the safety and security […]

Identifying ‘Anonymous’ Email Authors

A team of researchers from Concordia University has developed an effective new technique to determine the authorship of anonymous emails. Tests showed their method has a high level of accuracy — and unlike many other methods of ascertaining authorship, it can provide presentable evidence in courts of law. Findings on the new technique are published in the journal Digital Investigation. […]

First migration of a Greek Public Organization to Free Software

The Musical Studies Department (MSD) of the Ionian University in Corfu has recently taken the initiative to become the first ever Public Organization and educational Institution in Greece that officially embraces Free and Open Source Software in its infrastructure. The project of migration of the MSD to open software applications was run after a decision of the Department’s General Assembly […]

Dummy-Proof BitTorrent Download Client

To make BitTorrent appeal to an even wider audience, uTorrent parent company BitTorrent Inc. has released a brand new BitTorrent client today. Codenamed Chrysalis, the new piece of software is aimed at novice BitTorrent users who are generally overwhelmed by the traditional interface of uTorrent and the mainline client. In the months to come Chrysalis will replace BitTorrent’s mainline client. […]

Honeypot To Combat Piracy

Rights holders often take extreme measures to combat piracy, but that a Government institution creates a ‘pirate’ honeypot is quite exceptional. In Portugal, a collaboration between a Ministry of Culture affiliated organization and the local music industry has resulted in a protocol that calls for such a honeypot, in order to shame, scare and threaten those who download music without […]

Exciting developments in GNU Radio

GNU Radio had a pretty good year in 2010, and we are already on track for an even more productive year in 2011. While we only produced one release in 2010, a large amount of work went into our source repository to improve the quality and stability of the project, and we are on track for a new release soon […]

public sector major driver open source desktop

Spain’s public administrations are an important driver for the advance of open source software on desktop computers. That is one of the conclusions of a desktop migration guide published by the IT department of the city of Zaragoza. Many Spanish public administrations have already adopted a free and open source desktop system, the report notes, listing implementations done by the […]

Slovenian public administrations moving to open source desktops

Public administrations in Slovenia are to increase their use of free and open source software on their desktop computers. Around 2015, 80 percent of the government’s offices should be using this type of desktop software, according to a plan published by the Ministry of Public Administration in January. The open source software stack to be implemented includes open source office […]

Security and Privacy Issues in the PDF Document Format

UPM Facultad de Informática researchers compile information on security and privacy for authors or readers of PDF documents, the most popular format for publication of digital documents. This work by researchers from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid’s Facultad de Informática surveys security and privacy threats related to digital document publishing. It addresses publisher-related information that is leaked once the document […]

Cases Against Thousands of Alleged BitTorrent Pirates Dismissed

Last year, Larry Flynt Publications filed lawsuits against several thousand “John Does” the company accused of illegally sharing its movie “This Ain’t Avatar XXX”. Now, following on from problems it had gaining identities of Does from ISP Time Warner, thousands of cases have been dismissed by a senior judge. The road to gaining settlements from allegedly infringing individuals has just […]

Ministry saves millions by using open source office

The Estonian ministry of the Environment has save millions of Euro over the past ten years by using the open source suite of office application, OpenOffice, says Meelis Merilo, the head of the IT department at the ministry. Using the open source cost the ministry no more than 64.000 Euro over the past ten years, being simply the annual budget […]

Qualcomm to Demonstrate New Peer-to-Peer Technology

Reflecting its continuing research and development into new connectivity models, Qualcomm Incorporated will demonstrate its newest advancement in peer-to-peer wireless technology at the GSMA Mobile World Congress, Feb. 14-17 in Barcelona. The Company’s technology innovation, called FlashLinq™, enables devices to discover each other automatically and continuously, and to communicate, peer-to-peer, at broadband speeds without the need for intermediary infrastructure. FlashLinq […]

European Parliament starts free software user group

One member of the European Parliament and a handful of their advisors and assistants started a free software group last Saturday, aiming to increase the use of free and open source software in the European Parliament’s IT infrastructure. The user group is open to all who works in the European Parliament, including staff and assistants working in political groups. The […]

Debian 6.0 “Squeeze” released

After 24 months of constant development, the Debian Project is proud to present its new stable version 6.0 (code name “Squeeze”). Debian 6.0 is a free operating system, coming for the first time in two flavours. Alongside Debian GNU/Linux, Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is introduced with this version as a “technology preview”. Debian 6.0 includes the KDE Plasma Desktop and Applications, the […]

Introducing Project Bretzn

Apart from being a tasty Bavarian bread-snack, Bretzn is the code-name for a collection of technology aimed at solving a problem which has existed in software development for a very long time: How do you get your applications to your users? This is particularly a question for the many developers of KDE applications that are not part of KDE’s six […]

LibreOffice Portable, a Full-Featured Office Suite For USB, Removable and Cloud Drives

PortableApps.com and The Document Foundation are proud to announce the immediate availability of LibreOffice Portable 3.3, a portable version of the free productivity suite for Windows. LibreOffice Portable runs right from a USB flash drive or cloud drive and allows users to use a full-featured word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, database and drawing program on every PC with no installation […]