Openness (and transparency), as used in the humanities, implies openness, communication, and accountability. It is a metaphorical extension of the meaning used in the physical sciences: a “transparent
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Comment And Vote On Our Knight News Challenge Submissions

Over the last few weeks a few people on our team have been buzzing away getting proposals together for the Knight News Challenge.  The deadline for submission was yesterday, and our proposals are now up and ready for comments and votes!

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Great Time at BADCamp!

After I found the right building amidst the chaos of a Big Game at UC Berkeley, BADCamp was a lot of fun. I spent the day on Saturday and attended a session by Hally Turner at Digital Rhino for those looking to break into the space. She gave a lot of good tips on the qualities that seem to define success in this community and specifically for web development shops.

Ian Rhett speaking at the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference

Ignite Web Of Change: "Stay In The Game" Presentation 1.1 (Video)

For anyone working in social change who's ever struggled with the question "Why do I bother?" this is for you, my peeps. I'm available to deliver this presentation to your meeting or conference. Just ask and we'll see if we can work something out.

Ian Rhett speaking at the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference

Insights On Strategy From Web of Change

At the Web of Change conference, we discussed "In these times, what does Strategy mean?"  

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Net Neutrality - FCC Call for Comments

On Sept 1, the FCC filed GN Docket No. 09-191 (Full PDF, Summary) which is a public notice opening a 30-day comment period on Preserving the Open Internet. This is a call for comments and proposals for policy changes that will affect what is commonly known as "Net Neutrality".

Ian Rhett speaking at the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference

CiviCommons is launched

Our friends at Code For America today announced the launch of CiviCommons, a place on the web for governments at every level to share the software they are building (or have built). As the Open Source ethic continues to drive itself into Government, there becomes an obvious need to share the fruits of the labor of people who'd otherwise not have such a forum.

CiviCRM Custom Field Option Lists Now Supported by Views Filters

My work with CivicActions recently provided the opportunity to create a minor, but much needed improvement to CiviCRM which has just been made available to everyone in the recent CiviCRM 3.2.3 release.

Ian Rhett speaking at the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference

Code for America Seeking 2011 Fellows

No, Code for America isn't looking for a couple thousand gentlemen.  They're looking for geeks (of any gender) to award yearlong Fellowships (living wage, health insurance, travel expenses) starting in 2011 to build Government 2.0 apps for a number of local governments. 

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Defining Custom Node Content Types In A Module

What're you crazy!? Haven't you ever heard of the CCK module? Yes, it's true CCK coupled with views will allow one to create, manipulate and display custom content. Combined with hook_nodeapi, the cck/views combo is can be extremely powerful and flexible. 99% of the time these two modules are sufficient to handle the job of building and managing custom content. The problem arises when you need any sort of custom access control or ownership of your custom node content. With CCK, the ownership of the node belongs to node.module, and there's no 'access' operator exposed in hook_nodeapi. You could patch core ( ), but in general, that's not really a road you want to start down.

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You (should) Own Your Online Identity

I posted a blog on another site entitled Distributed Social Networking requires Secure Online Identity that discusses, among other things, the new "anti-Facebook" Diaspora* and the need for a solid foundation built upon secure, distributed, user-centric digital identity.  There's another, less technical piece of the puzzle.

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