Cyberbullying Bill’s Chilly Reception, Open Sourcing Publicly Funded Books, and More

  • Preview build of Mozilla’s CSP available
    This is excellent news, direct from Mozilla’s Security Blog. The work isn’t complete but it is far enough along for testing by security folks. I hope this makes it into Firefox 3.7, its good stuff.
  • Cyber bullying bill not well received
    I am very glad to read at Wired that Rep. Sanchez’s bill was not enthusiastically embraced in sub-committee review. Even if this goes forward despite this early stumble, I hope it founders on serious free speech consideration. Bullying is lamentable, yes, but do we really need to impose a limit on speech comparable to defamation for it?
  • Fourth Public Knowledge video in “We Are Creators Too” series
    This time, looks like a slightly different but just as valuable perspective. PK describes Francesca Coppa as an English professor, author and feminist. She is also a videographer, which would be the common thread of the series.
  • Oracle’s ownership of MySQL is about Microsoft
    A plausible theory by Matt Asay. Oracle certainly doesn’t have the same sort of relationship with open source as say Sun or even IBM. Unfortunately, Asay doesn’t consider what the recent developer exodus and dilution of MySQL’s mark might mean for this idea.
  • Bill proposes to require publicly funded books to be open source
    I am strongly biased towards this sort of idea, it seems like a logical extension of our civic contract. If the public ultimately funds the work, they should get unfettered access to the result. I am less concerned with the impact on the market as I doubt this will eliminate the need for privately developed titles and Flat World is already demonstrating how open source can even be compatible with for profit business models.
  • P2P bill goes into markup
    As Nate Anderson explains at Ars, the bill seeks to require some simple rules around files that software may be sharing to help reduce inadvertent. This seems like a reasonable experiment in regulating P2P. The article mentions other regulation in development, though, that is far more aggressive.
  • Experimental mesh for cell phones
    For the stated purpose, to help provide emergency service, this seems like an excellent idea. I wonder how well it would scale and operate in a sustained mode in as an alternate to traditional cells? I suspect not entirely well and attempting it would undoubtedly draw the ire of the mobile operators.

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