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OSS: OSI, Cyphon and Swedish e-Krona

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  • OSI’s Joshua Simmons on the State of Open Source

    OSI’s Joshua Simmons examines the current state of open source in this presentation from the recent State of the Source Summit.
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    In his keynote presentation at the recent State of the Source Summit, Joshua Simmons, President at Open Source Initiative, provided a thoughtful look at the state of open source today, acknowledging strengths and shared history and examining challenges with an eye toward conscious, collaborative improvement.

    Open source has gone “from fringe to mainstream,” Simmons said, and the ecosystem has understandably undergone many changes. In this moment, he said, open source is being tested, with questions being raised about the sustainability of projects, the health and safety communities, fair treatment of maintainers, and open source’s overall ability to weather attempts at redefinition. 

    In the talk, Simmons explored various open source narratives, discussed OSI’s role, and described the organization’s 

  • Cyphon: An Open-source Incident Tracking Management System for the Enterprise

    Enterprise and often government are required to handle dozens of incident reporting sources at once, which is not resources or cost-effective at all.

    Some companies are still using emails, ticket systems, CRMs, or messaging systems for incident reports.

    To resolve this issue, they need a centralized incident tracking management system and here comes Cyphon.

    Cyphon is an open-source incident management and response platform. It helps the enterprise to track incident from different sources, prioritize them and automate the response system for them.  

  • Sweden considers open source software for its digital currency proof of concept

    The BIS working paper compares digital currency initiatives by the central banks of China, Sweden, and Canada. Describing the Swedish e-Krona project, “preference will be given to solutions built on open source code,” the paper says. BIS refers to a study by senior advisers working for the Riksbank, published in June.

    The bankers outline their ideas for the e-Krona, which is intended as a complement to cash. They bank prefers an 'open architecture' (see 2018 report on the Riksbank’s e-krona project) but the researchers in June seem to be still undecided on the choice between proprietary or open source technology, listing weaknesses for both. (In the case of proprietary software: IT vendor lock-in, and for open source: the risk of the community being abandoned or the build-up of dependence on open source consultants.)

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