Archives for : privacy/openness



Summary #3= INCREASED SECURITY Through Open Source.

Here, the author discusses how people have geared their use of open source softwares (OSS). Linux has become the most popular operating system rising about issues as Windows vs.Linux, intellectual property rights and costs. Security issues have been one of the most prominent troubles of these OSS. The publishing of designs and protocols by the OSS allow its computer systems to be further secured. The main discussion in this article relates the following question should one go all the way and publish source code as well?” In order to reinforce this point we are presented with two analogies 1. would you take medicines from a doctor without documentation? and 2. would you trust a locksmith who keeps the working of his locks secrets so that thieves won’t open them or would you trust a locksmith who publishes the knowledge of his locks so that others could evaluate if they are good or bad? Through these two analogies we can come to understand the effect on open source and the security and validity of a software system.

What I like about this article is that it addresses the issue of privacy/openness with analogies. These analogies demonstrate the advantages and disadvantages of OSS.

Summary #2= A core of flexibility

In this article we are presented with a proposal for the future of information systems. The author addresses the issue that libraries are no longer warehouses of content. He describes libraries to now be a set of services where that are constantly being changed by the same information professionals. He takes into account privacy, openness, and commitment as the goals of these information professionals. This approach emphasizes, designing, developing and delivering services that further provide resources for the continuous evolution of information systems. His approach has 4 main parts. 1. strategic thinking and facility with evidence-based planning and evaluation, 2. ability and skills necessary for trends analysis, 3. ability to effectively teach, train, and empower myriad learner types, and 4.ability and skills to respond to the needs of each unique customer. At the core of this proposal he acknowledges the need of information professionals to be able to overcome this constant adaptation by working in teams in which they can enhance their attitude and analytical skills in order to be able to problem solve effectively.

I believe this article relates to how the internet has revolutionized our world. So much so that, the author has come up with certain ideas on how information professionals should be better trained in order to catch up with the internet’s rapid spread.

Summary #1= Financial Affidavits in Domestic Relations Cases: Sunshine Trumps Privacy–A Proposed Solution

This article discusses how Florida Family Law Rule of Procedure calls for both parties to file and serve a financial affidavit on one another. A financial affidavit is a written statement confirmed by oath in order to be used as evidence in court. There’s been an amendment to that rule which states that a trial judge can by no circumstances waive this requisite.  Also, Florida policy requires all court records to be accessible for public inspection. Now, various committees have gathered in order to make these affidavits freely available in computer systems and the internet specifically. This has created a conflict of interests between individual rights to information privacy and the openness of courts. Parties are now worried that their personal information might be put to wrong use if these documents are so easily available in the internet. This article proposes an amendment to this law. The proposal is to seal the financial affidavits if if either divorcing party requests so. That is, if the divorcing parties have no minor children and resolved their cases without any legal proceeding. This proposed resolution would in turn meet the demands of both the Floridians right to privacy and the court’s purpose of such financial affidavits to be available to the public.

I chose this article because I believe it relates the issue of privacy/openness intertwined with another subject: law. This article demonstrates how the internet has been good in order to be able to further comply with this Florida law but also how it threatens certain people.