Open Source

A collection of 18 posts

Sep 21, 2020

Future Tools: Open Drone Map

Future Tools: Open Drone Map

Open Drone Map, or ODM, is an open source photogrammetry toolkit that can process aerial imagery into maps, 3D models, and similar composite imagery.

Aug 28, 2020

Future Tools: Qubes OS

Future Tools: Qubes OS

The Qubes operating system, while focusing on computer security, also illustrates an aspect of digital we tend to ignore or take for granted: that identity is fluid and flourishing.

Aug 12, 2020

Future Tools: Parrot OS

Future Tools: Parrot OS

The Parrot Project is a great example of the versatility and security possible when using free and open source software. Today’s issue of Future Tools looks at Parrot OS, a secure operating system with a strong focus on privacy and cybersecurity.

May 26, 2020

Future Tools: DECODE

Future Tools: DECODE

People should have greater agency and control over their data. Can the collection and use of data be democratized? Can a democratic society collect and use data responsibly, and with the consent of citizens? Can people have greater access and input on how their data is used and why?

May 13, 2020

Future Tools: Ghost

Future Tools: Ghost

Ghost is what’s called a “headless content management system.” A headless CMS further separates content from delivery, enabling that content to be displayed or distributed in a wide range of forms or methods.

Apr 24, 2020

Future Tools: ProtonMail

Future Tools: ProtonMail

Email remains a pillar of our society. A generally reliable and stable tool, that we generally take for granted. ProtonMail is a great example of email backed by strong encryption.

Apr 1, 2020

Future Tools: Jitsi

Future Tools: Jitsi

Jitsi is a set of open-source projects that allows you to easily build and deploy secure videoconferencing solutions. At the heart of Jitsi are Jitsi Videobridge and Jitsi Meet, which let you have conferences on the internet.

Mar 24, 2020

Future Tools: BigBlueButton

Future Tools: BigBlueButton

Based out of Ottawa, BigBlueButton (BBB) was initially developed at Carleton University in 2008. It was designed to create a free and open source alternative to proprietary collaborative web conferencing, as well as easily integrate into other learning platforms and software.

Mar 12, 2020

Future Tools: Mastodon

Future Tools: Mastodon

Mastodon is a federated social network that offers an alternative to platforms like Twitter or Instagram, by providing users with the autonomy and choice to connect to other social media users on terms they can choose.

Feb 27, 2020

Future Tools: Decidim

Future Tools: Decidim

Digital decision making tools are becoming increasingly accessible and applicable to our societies. Decidim (meaning “to decide” in Catalan) is a free and open source platform developed by and for the city of Barcelona, that is now being adapted and used by communities around the world.

Feb 14, 2020

Future Tools: pol.is

Future Tools: pol.is

In this issue let’s take a look at the platform pol.is and the growing role it is playing in changing politics and legitimizing the use of digital tools for democracy.

Feb 10, 2020

Internet as paradox

Internet as paradox

The Internet is impossible to understand. As a subjective medium it is experienced differently by each person that uses it.