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This week had risked turning into a disappointment, what with Richard Sennett’s lecture on “The Open City” being cancelled. But last night more than made up for it. The Data Insights Cambridge meetup group, er, met up, for a brilliant talk by Charlie Hull, founder of Flax, about open source search engines.

Instead of talking about how search engines are implemented, as fascinating as that stuff is, he largely talked about industry politics, which turns out to be fascinating too.
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I was having a conversation the other day about a talk Alan Blackwell gave a couple of years back, about the history of the “Cambridge phenomenon”. This reminded me how, many moons ago, I attended a conference he organised entitled Collaboration and Ownership in the Digital Economy. It was about the possible wider cultural significance of challenges, in the software world, to entrenched ideas of intellectual property.

At the time I wrote a report on it, for my then employers. If only I’d had the foresight to keep a copy for myself…

I’ve forgotten much about it, but before I forget even more, here’s a brief review, a decade too late.
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Frank Stajano’s presentation on security (and the recent Cambridge Stack Overflow Dev Day) was based on the premise that hustlers and scammers understand human psychology in a way that engineers do not, and so security engineers would do well to learn from how classic scams work.

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