Responding to Volkswagen: open data and open source

Earlier this week, I wrote a piece in the Mint arguing that when big firms such as Volkswagen use software to cheat their customers, the regulatory response should focus on open data and open source so that consumers can verify whatever the big firms are telling them. After writing this piece, I have been thinking… Continue reading Responding to Volkswagen: open data and open source

Saying no to spreadsheets

The spreadsheet was the first and most important business application of the personal computer. Corporate America started buying PCs 35 years ago to run VisiCalc; they paid a couple of thousand dollars for an Apple computer only to run the hundred dollar spreadsheet program. VisiCalc gave way to Lotus 123, which in turn was supplanted… Continue reading Saying no to spreadsheets