Professor Lawrence Lessig discusses how copyright is stifling innovation and creativity – and as the title of the talk suggests is ‘killing science’.

The Architecture of Access to Scientific Knowledge from lessig on Vimeo.

Source: Mother Board 


I am watching the video right now, so I will blog on it properly in a while. Chesbrough’s talk begins 21 minutes into the video and spans to 1 hour and 5  minutes of it.


Creative Commons Salon: Open Services Innovation from Creative Commons on Vimeo.

We, at the London School of Economics and Political Science, are involved in a study that will provide an independent evaluation of the possible savings to Government through the targeted use of free/open source software (FOSS), differentiating between short, medium, and long term savings. OpenForum Europe (OFE) approached the LSE researchers to undertake this study focusing on the total cost of ownership and acquisition of FOSS. The prime rationale for such a study is that FOSS financial benefits are commonly claimed, but that independent evidence is only available by exception, and may be wrapped in supplier generated reference studies. This study is jointly funded by the UK Government, and the OFE.

Take me to the survey   


I recommend listening to the audio of a talk by JP Morgan Healthcare. The audience has very knowledgeable people, and company folk too. JP Morgan Healthcare Talk

Panel includes:

  1. Todd Park – CTO of HHS and co-founder of Athena Health
  2. Eric Schmidt – CEO of Google
  3. Aneesh Chopra – CTO of US
  4. John Doerr – partner at Kleiner Perkins


The audience is asked to structure the talk by setting up questions and points of discussion. They include:

  • Standardization of electronic medical records (EMR)
  • Government barriers and accelerators to electronic healthcare
  • The return on investment (RoI) of electronic healthcare
  • Accountability that needs to be expected not just from the government, technology, and healthcare providers but ALSO from the patients to provide accountable and correct information
  • What role is Google playing in electronic healthcare records (EHR), and provision? Should it play a role?
  • What is the biggest potential of the cloud in the provision and management of electronic healthcare by the government?
  • What is the role of open source in electronic healthcare?
  • What are the incentive schemes, and the greatest barriers to innovation coming from the government for electronic healthcare?
  • How do you ‘create’ change and enable it when healthcare providers and physicians seem resistant to change? And change management in general?
  • What, if any, role does social media and apps play in electronic healthcare provision?

A very clear and informative talk by Simon Phipps on what the freedom in ‘free software’ means for companies. This is a really good talk for companies still confused with the idea of where value can be built into open source use (service idea), products, and distribution. The slides for his talk are also available.

Four Reasons To Pay Extra For Software Freedom from SFScon.

This is a very logical talk that steps through licenses (at a broad level) and then progresses to umbrella business models. It ends with the various challenges and issues brought about by vendor lock-in and the confusion the word ‘free’ has created for widespread commercial acceptance of open source.

Professor Leslie Willcocks of the Information Systems and Innovation Group at the London School of Economics and Political Science was recently interviewed by Professional Outsourcing. Upon showing me the paper copy of the article, Leslie chuckled and said, “The photographer has made me the George Clooney of academics”!

Courtesy of Professional Outsourcing

Leslie has an amazing sense of humour! But more to the point, his interview provides keen insight into government procurement concerns, especially in relation to cloud computing. Leslie draws on his own research to explain how there is a need for innovation, change, development of centres of excellence, and ‘people capability’ in the government to make better use of cloud computing. This could lead to a more agile organization or as he terms it “cloud-corporation”.

Another interesting interview at the Web 2.0 Summit, 2010 was that of Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook. Some tricky questions are asked of him by Tim O’Reilly and John Battelle. I don’t find Zuckerberg’s answers very convincing, but that could just be me!