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Screenscraping the Senate (27 tags)
In Paul Ford's first Hacking Congress column, he shows us how to turn information on the U.S. Senate site into RDF.

Free and Open Source Software at the United Nations (4 tags)
Advances in technology have revolutionized the way people live, but the digital divide keeps vital technology out of third-world countries. As part of a series of initiatives to end global poverty by 2015, the United Nations is using, promoting, and creating free and open source software. David Boswell gives an overview of the plans and progress.

Software Patents in the EU (3 tags)
Ed Griffith-Jones and Tom Chance describe the state of software patents in the European Union and argue that software patents do not lead to increased productivity and do not benefit society. In short, they think that software patents are a bad idea. What do you think? Weigh in with your opinions via the Talkback at the end of the article.

Hacking Election Maps with XML and MapServer (3 tags)
By day Simon St.Laurent plays editor of such recent books as Mapping Hacks and Web Mapping Illustrated, but at night he runs a weblog about his town's politics. His day job taught him a number of ways to hack political maps using XML and MapServer. In this article, Simon shows how he colored America's red-blue political map in a new shade. If you want to see how mapping and location technologies are being used right now, check out O'Reilly's upcoming Where 2.0 Conference.

I Don't Like Your Examples! (2 tags)
Popular O'Reilly Oracle author Steven Feuerstein explains his use of controversial political examples in his book Oracle PL/SQL Programming Guide to Oracle8i Features.