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No Secret Software!

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| This is very closely aligned to the struggle for the use of open-source
| software where appropriate, but “Open Source” is a term of art and is
| associated with ill-groomed inarticulate geeks who have odd opinions about
| lots of things. “Secret software” is a term that anyone can understand
| instantly, and it sounds creepy and dangerous; because secret software in the
| public sector is creepy and dangerous, and simply shouldn’t be allowed.
| Ms Peterson gently chided the Open-Source community for having let the
| e-voting debacle happen in the first place; it was foreseeable and should
| have been headed off. I think she has a point.


Here's what happens when code is hidden and locked away:

Sega Can't Find The Source Code For Your Favorite Old School Arcade Games

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| In our last video featuring Sega of America's Simon Jeffery, the president of
| the company explains why we haven't seen any System 16 or System 24 games on
| Xbox Live Arcade or the PlayStation Network. He also talks about his
| reluctance to put some of those games on Live due to Microsoft's requirement
| to update a game's graphics before porting.


Days ago:

Backdoor in Skype? We need an open-source replacement

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| Deliberate or just flawed?
| So, assuming for a moment that the claim of the Austrian police is correct,
| there are two possibilities now: (a) Either Skype made a mistake somewhere in
| the implementation of their encryption algorithms and thus allowed a
| successful attack on their protocols. Or (b) they have deliberately provided
| a backdoor for law enforcement or other agencies.
| [...]
| And of course, Skype is ubiquituous. If you want to talk to people, you need
| to use what they are using. And everyone is using Skype.

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