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Articles, weblogs, and related pieces by Andy Oram:

Most significant articles

The Information Technology Fix for Health: Barriers and Pathways to the Use of Information Technology for Better Health Care

A comprehensive survey of health information technologies, linking together such trends as devices and sensors, data sharing, coordinated care, electronic records, and patient empowerment with a view to showing the difficulties that need to be overcome for effective health reform. (Requires filling out a form.)

The Sap and the Syrup of the Information Age: Coping with Database Protection Laws

Some of my most in-depth research, published by three law journals and widely cited (February 2000).

A Primer on the Open Source Movement from a Health Care Perspective

History and significance of free and open source software from several angles, with reference to the main literature in the field (February 24, 2016).

Promoting Open Source Software in Government: The Challenges of Motivation and Follow-Through

Advice on the deployment of free software in government agencies, backed up with some history in the state of Massachusetts that I closely followed.

Gnutella and Freenet Represent True Technological Innovation;
The Value of Gnutella and Freenet

A pair of articles exploring the technical and policy implications of the technologies that led to a crystalization of new concepts under the term Peer to Peer (May 12, 2000).

Trends Shaping the London Tech Scene

A wide-ranging report investigating the computing scene in businesses, educational opportunities, community, government, and more (August 25, 2016, requires filling out a form)

Getting Started with InnerSource

A very popular overview that broadened awareness and discussion of the topic of InnerSource.

Open Source in Brazil: Growing Despite Barriers

Also in a Portuguese translation.

A look at the various factors affecting the successes and problems of free software in this important country, including community, business building, government, and education (September 16, 2016, requires filling out a form)

What Do Intellectual Property Owners Want?

Here by popular demand, a look at the stresses the Internet places on content developers and specifically some battles around Digital Rights Management (or Digital Restrictions Management). Many years after it was published, readers are still thanking me for it (December 20, 2002; also available in an Italian translation, a Polish translation, and a Portuguese translation by homeyou).

Key Policy Issues To Watch In Telecom

A widely-circulated summary of issues in telephony and communications of interest to Internet users and professionals (January 14, 2000).

Questions on government participation

Also in a Spanish translation by James Galea.

A compressed but extensive list of fundamental problems and challenges facing efforts at making government more transparent and fostering citizen participation (originally posted March 1, 2009).

The Long View of Identity

An overview of current trends in online identity, offering various contexts and philosophical models for defining and judging identity. (June 29, 2006).

Reputation: where the personal and the participatory meet up

A summary of the legal, business, and technological state of reputation, identity, and privacy (December 16, 2007, also available in an Estonian translation).

What are the chances for a free software cloud? Resolving the contradictions between web services, clouds, and open source

A proposal for bringing together two trends commonly seen as contradictory—cloud computing and free software—with a goal of bringing out the potential of both (a series of five postings starting December 13, 2010).

Characteristics of new media in the Internet age

A speculative essay on new media emerging in the early 21st century, and their effect on society (October 8, 2006, later revised in light of public comments).

Being online: identity, anonymity, and all things in between

An examination of identity and privacy on the Internet in the light of leading writings in the field of identity (a series of eight postings starting December 17, 2009).

The Meaning of Independence Day

A short story containing an important literary message about free speech as well as a review of case law in the area (Web Review, June 29 and July 6, 2001).

From P2P to Web Services: Addressing and Coordination and From P2P to Web Services: Trust

A two-part article explaining the underlying needs shared by a range of modern applications, including Web Services, wireless networks, and instant messaging (April 7 and 14, 2004).

The Ghosts of Internet Time

Mostly fun, but also inspirational and cautionary (December 17, 1999; also available in a French translation by Silvia Moraru, an Indonesian translation by ChameleonJohn, a Portuguese translation by Travel Ticker, a German translation by Game Period, a Russian translation, a Spanish translation by Science Team, a Romanian translation by Irina Vasilescu, a Bulgarian translation by the BestCarMag team, a Japanese translation by Daily Deals Coupon, a Ukrainian translation by BestReviewsBase, a Swedish translation by Catherine Desroches, a Dutch translation by Avice Robitaille, Belarusian translation by Translator Group, a Hindi translation by Nathan Zed, a Czech translation by A-Writer, a Croatian translation, and a Punjabi translation by the Bydiscountcodes team).

WTO + SDMI = NWO (New World Order)—And That Spells Trouble

A broad critique of the interaction between regulation and technology, widely circulated (November 30, 1999).

Community documentation

A collection of the articles I have written since 2004 about web pages, forums, and other media used by users of technology to educate each other.

Where articles have appeared

Most of the articles were originally published in one of the following forums:

Finally, I have compiled a bibliography of my other articles on technical writing and training, most of which are not available electronically.

List of articles (from most recent to least recent)

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