Radical Open Innovation News week 4-2021

Welcome to our biweekly selection of business IT innovation news. Created using our own opinionated selection and summary algorithm. We present some top innovation news items to get you thinking, debating and take action in order to make our world better.

1 The Cost of Poor Software Quality

A nice report with horrible numbers. Created for the USA situation, but the situation will not be better in other countries. As organizations undertake major digital transformations, software-based innovation and development rapidly expands. This report shows that software quality lags behind other objectives in most organizations. That lack of primary attention to quality comes at a steep cost, which is revealed in this report.

(CSPQ Report)

2 Why (re)decentralise?

Despite its open design and democratic ideals, recent years have shown a creeping centralisation of the internet, leading to a handful of gigantic corporations directing its future. This unaccountable corporate capture of our social and digital infrastructure has already led to: Privacy breaches, unethical data use, addiction, discrimination and political subversion. Our most successful digital business models depend on behavioural data exploitation, with companies being incentivised to profile and manipulate users rather than serve them.


3 Run your own Freedom of Information website

Alaveteli helps you lower the barriers that prevent citizens asking questions of those in power. It’s a simple concept: citizens use Alaveteli to request information, and the replies are recorded for all to see on the website. Historic requests, along with any resulting correspondence, are archived publicly online. This increases the availability of the requested information, and encourages transparency. Therefore, Alaveteli acts both as a useful tool for citizens, and as an advocacy tool for right-to-know campaigners. The project supports FOI websites around the world. Already used in many countries. In the Netherlands implemented as ‘de Wob-Knop‘.


4 Apache® ECharts™ a new a Top-Level Apache Project

Apache ECharts is an intuitive, interactive, and powerful charting and visualization library ideally suited for commercial-grade presentations. The project originated in 2013 at Baidu and entered the Apache Incubator in January 2018.

Written in JavaScript and based on the ZRender rendering engine supporting both Canvas and SVG, Apache ECharts provides an array of dynamic, highly-customizable chart types that include line, column, scatter, pie, radar, candlestick, gauge, funnel, heatmap, and more.

(Apache Foundation)

5 Open source means surrendering your monopoly over commercial exploitation

Participation in open source requires you to surrender your monopoly over commercial exploitation. One fact that you will have to confront in this position is that you cannot monopolize the commercial potential of free and open source software. One of the most important advantages of making your software FOSS is that the global community can contribute improvements back to it. FOSS licenses are important, and you should make it your business to understand them, both as a user, contributor, and author of free and open source software. It further clarifies the commercial aspect of this freedom explicitly: > “Free software” does not mean “noncommercial”.

(Drew DeVault’s Blog)

6 We need hard science, not software, to power our post-pandemic recovery

First, dominant firms that possess 4IR technologies are hindering their diffusion by leveraging their technological advantage to further entrench their dominance and reduce competition. For years, hopes for productivity growth have been pinned on “Fourth Industrial Revolution” (4IR) technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and 3D-printing. To avoid a technology problem, we need to invest in science that delivers general-purpose technologies, and technologies that deliver real scientific progress. To drive growth in a post-pandemic world, we should remember that real economic progress has in the past been driven by hard science – not flashy consumer gadgetry. At present, it remains unclear whether 4IR technologies can do the same.

(The Conversation)

7 Leaky Delegation: You are not a Commodity

Some portion of every mass-market product you buy is paying for potential lawsuits that result from that product. And sometimes, it can be cheaper, even if you value your time very highly and the other person is much faster. By having this gears-level model, you may wind up doing something yourself when everyone around you is paying for it. How much do I value the learning from doing it myself?


8 Why getting voting right is hard

To quote Richard Barnes, “for security people ‘trust’ is a bad word.” How to compromise a voting machine There are a number of ways in which a voting machine might get compromised. Given the critical nature of voting machines, you really don’t want them attached to the Internet. We’ve touched on this a few times, but one of the real advantages of paper ballots is that they serve as a single common format for votes.

(Mozilla BLOG)

9 Startup Energy Theory

Inspiration is a tricky mistress. Could have been the conversation from the night before; the breakfast meal; the antioxidants in the coffee; who knows. Once inspiration strikes, you’re charged with electrifying energy. The idea seems both valuable and feasible. The idea is now less feasible, the motion is stopped, and like a train losing kinetic energy and starting it again requires a lot of force. (I think this is why todo lists grow endlessly. Maybe the piano with sheet music? Not everyone makes it to space. Even with this magic, some launches still fail.

(Daniel Gross)

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