November 20, 2006

WHICH IS WHY GOVERNMENT SECRECY IS SO COUNTERPRODUCTIVE:

Open Source Science: A New Model for Innovation: Q&A with: Karim Lakhani (Martha Lagace, 11/20/06, HBS Working Knowledge)

In a perfect world, scientists share problems and work together on solutions for the good of society. In the real world, however, that's usually not the case. The main obstacles: competition for publication and intellectual property protection.

Is there a model for encouraging large-scale scientific problem solving? Yes, and it comes from an unexpected and unrelated corner of the universe: open source software development.

That's the view of Karim R. Lakhani, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School with an extensive research background in open source software communities and their innovation and product development strategies. His latest research analyzes how open source norms of transparency, permeable access, and collaboration might work with scientists.

What he and his coauthors discovered: "broadcasting" or introducing problems to outsiders yields effective solutions. Indeed, it was outsiders—those with expertise at the periphery of a problem's field—who were most likely to find answers and do so quickly.


Every bit of intelligence that the feds keep from us, for the very best of motives, places us in greater danger. Our Intelligence agencies aren't just incompetent because their interests don't jibe with the rest of the country's, but because their design guarantees ineptitude.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 20, 2006 7:08 PM
Comments

What about information derived from compromised ciphers?

Posted by: Mike Beversluis at November 20, 2006 8:06 PM
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