Open Government was published in 2010 by O’Reilly Media.

The United States had just elected a president in 2008, who, on his first day in office, issued an executive order committing his administration to “an unprecedented level of openness in government.” The contributors of Open Government had long fought for transparency and openness in government, as well as access to public information. Aaron Swartz was one of these contributors (Chapter 25: When is Transparency Useful?).

Aaron was a hacker, an activist, a builder, and a respected member of the technology community. O’Reilly Media is making Open Government free to all to access in honor of Aaron. #PDFtribute

– Tim O’Reilly, January 15, 2013

Open Government: an ebook on freedom and openness

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Appetizer, AppDotNet on your Mac

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App.net is a different kind of social platform.

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For members: App.net is an ad-free social network.

It’s your real-time feed, a home for meaningful conversation, where you control your data. Find the apps you love and make App.net your own. Connect, play, and discover.

For developers: App.net is the open API you can trust.

App.net is your new platform, a backbone you can rely on. We’re the pipes you can build your web, mobile, and desktop apps on. Our API is here for you, and we won’t shut you out. Find your audience.

For those of you interested in the founding of this new social network – ie App.net – which aims to be a successfull open platform/source clone of Twitter and more and have willingly paid the 50 (or 100) dollars needed to be part of the show Appetizer can be a nice, and free as in speech, native client for your Mac computers ..

MOU, a Markdown editor for web developers

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I’m on vacation in these days and I’m starting playing with some things I left behind in the last working year. Markdown is one of those and and, together with iaWriter editor for iOS and the Day One application for Mac and iOS I’m starting to struggle with it.

MOUapp is a nice, and free (as in speech) editor for this syntax, with an high and interesting set of features to try out. Don’t miss to do test it if you’re into Markdown gear too!

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