open-source

How Open-Source Software Makes Cities More Livable

The open-source software movement has finally begun to catch on in city governments, giving them more choices and the ability to "control their own destinies.”

Six Reasons Open Source Is the Tool for Now

When companies accept the power of community and let go of a little control, they learn that open source broadens the range of ideas and talent that can contribute to any corporate software project, with...

Can Open-Source Voting Tech Fix the U.S. Elections System?

American voting technology is trapped in the last millennium. This lifeline to democracy is kept secret—closed off from public inspection and controlled by large businesses. It is decades old to boot. Our voting methods ought...

Open Sourcing the Neighborhood

Rapid change in cities creates highly legible moments: the material reality of new buildings, expanding transport systems, modest shops replaced by luxury shops and modest middle-classes displaced by the rich professional class, or a bike-path...

Abolish Patents to Spark Innovation, Fed Paper Urges

Researchers at the US Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis say that the patent system should be abolished, SmartPlanet reports. Innovation will come from a patentless, cooperative environment in which technologies and discoveries are shared.

From Dinosaur Bones to Cookies, 3D Printing Expands in Colleges

Colleges are finding more uses for 3D printing, from art students creating sculptures of futuristic animals, to engineering students developing zero gravity fuel storage, to biology professors replicating dinosaur bones. All disciplines have the potential...