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Why Facebook and Google are Anæthema to Information Freedom

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You may have noticed that there are no Facebook "like" buttons or Google tracking on this site.
There's no Gmail, Google docs, Flash nor Twitter. In fact everything on this site is hosted and run using free, open-source software (Debian Linux, Apache2, Postfix, PHP5, StatusNet and Habari to be exact).

Software for Research, Part 2: Sozi for Presentations

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Today I'll introduce you to a wonderfully simple piece of software that should free you from using Powerpoint or other outdated presentation software. It's called Sozi.

Software for Research, Part 1: Firefox and Extensions

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Over the next few weeks, I'll be presenting a digest of some essential software for research. As with all researchers, I have my biases. I hope that beyond that, there may be some pearls of usability for people wondering how to solve that problem. So, on to part 1: Firefox and it's extensions.

On the Virtues of Open Data

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The scientific world has been rocked by some notable instances of allegedly falsified data recently; Andrew Wakefield, Marc Hauser, Phil Jones and others. These prominent researchers have suffered, some would say justifiably, public humiliation and engendered scepticism for their fields of research.