IT Governance, Risk, and Compliance:

Open Source


February 21, 2013  4:11 AM

Wikipedia: An assessment from a user’s perspective – Part VI



Posted by: Robert Davis
Adaptive Systems, Assurance Services, Attestation, Control Evaluation, Control System, Due Care, Educational Institutions, Internal Control System, Logical Security, Non-profit, Open Source, Operating Style, Quality Assurance Program, Security Risks, Trust Management

Based on my careful analysis of the factors associated with information reliability, there is a medium-to-high inherent risk of a researcher conveying unreliable information through citing Wikipedia material due to...

February 17, 2013  12:02 AM

Wikipedia: An assessment from a user’s perspective – Part V



Posted by: Robert Davis
Adaptive Systems, Assurance Services, Attestation, Control Evaluation, Control System, Due Care, Educational Institutions, Internal Control System, Logical Security, Non-profit, Open Source, Operating Style, Quality Assurance Program, Security Risks, Trust Management

To provide an appropriate answer to this foundational question regarding Wikipedia an assessor must take into consideration the primary traits of reliability. Therefore, as previously stated in Wikipedia: An assessment from a user's perspective - part 1 as well as documented in


February 14, 2013  1:45 PM

Wikipedia: An assessment from a user’s perspective – Part IV



Posted by: Robert Davis
Adaptive Systems, Assurance Services, Attestation, Control Evaluation, Control System, Due Care, Educational Institutions, Internal Control System, Logical Security, Non-profit, Open Source, Operating Style, Quality Assurance Program, Security Risks, Trust Management

Wikipedia is often been presented as a great research resource; however it is also a public forum, where any authorized user can make a declaration or an assertion. “If you find an article that provides relevant information for your research topic, you should take care to investigate the source...


February 9, 2013  5:48 PM

Wikipedia: An assessment from a user’s perspective – Part III



Posted by: Robert Davis
Adaptive Systems, Assurance Services, Attestation, Control Evaluation, Control System, Due Care, Educational Institutions, Internal Control System, Logical Security, Non-profit, Open Source, Operating Style, Quality Assurance Program, Security Risks, Trust Management

As conveyed by TechTarget.com, “Identity management (ID management) is a broad administrative area that deals with identifying individuals in a system (such as a country, a network, or an enterprise) and controlling their access to resources within that system by associating user rights and...


February 7, 2013  2:55 AM

Wikipedia: An assessment from a user’s perspective – Part II



Posted by: Robert Davis
Adaptive Systems, Assurance Services, Attestation, Control Evaluation, Control System, Due Care, Educational Institutions, Internal Control System, Logical Security, Non-profit, Open Source, Operating Style, Quality Assurance Program, Security Risks, Trust Management

Following the framework outlined in IT Auditing: An Adaptive System, a critical aspect of an IT assessment is the identification of related risks. Though Wikipedia Project Administrators commonly disavow their Internet endeavors are based on a Social Networking System (SNS), their...


February 1, 2013  11:31 PM

Wikipedia: An assessment from a user’s perspective – Part I



Posted by: Robert Davis
Adaptive Systems, Assurance Services, Attestation, Control Evaluation, Control System, Due Care, Educational Institutions, Internal Control System, Logical Security, Non-profit, Open Source, Operating Style, Quality Assurance Program, Trust Management

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December 14, 2010  9:49 PM

Open Source Hardware and Software Licensing – Part VIII



Posted by: Robert Davis
Consumer, Copyright, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, DMCA, Domain, Intellectual Property Right, IPR, Licensing, Open Source, Open Source Hardware, Open Source Software, OSH, OSI, OSS, Peer Production, Source Code

Open source products have emerged as the dominant thyme for some IT development projects due to cost considerations. This rise in alternative IT development can be linked to tensions between creative practices that often involve base acquisitions requiring access to patented and/or copyrighted...


December 10, 2010  10:23 PM

Open Source Hardware and Software Licensing – Part VII



Posted by: Robert Davis
Consumer, Copyright, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, DMCA, Domain, Intellectual Property Right, IPR, Licensing, Open Source, Open Source Hardware, Open Source Software, OSH, OSI, OSS, Peer Production, Source Code

In many situations, open source licensing is an essential element enabling open source programs to qualify as open source software. However, there are numerous variations in the terms and conditions associated with an open software licensing agreement. To reduce misunderstandings that can lead to...


December 7, 2010  7:05 PM

Open Source Hardware and Software Licensing – Part VI



Posted by: Robert Davis
Consumer, Copyright, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, DMCA, Domain, Intellectual Property Right, IPR, Licensing, Open Source, Open Source Hardware, Open Source Software, OSH, OSI, OSS, Peer Production, Source Code

Primary open source software development conventions are ‘peer production’ by bartering and collaboration based on mutual interest in root materials (such as...


December 3, 2010  12:52 PM

Open Source Hardware and Software Licensing – Part V



Posted by: Robert Davis
Consumer, Copyright, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, DMCA, Domain, Intellectual Property Right, IPR, Licensing, Open Source, Open Source Hardware, Open Source Software, OSH, OSI, OSS, Peer Production, Source Code

Simplistically, open source software “refers to any program whose source code is made available for use or modification as users or other developers see fit. Open source software is usually developed as a public...


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