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EC and EP use open source for software development

The European Commission and the European Parliament generally use open source tools and methods for software development, concludes the EU-FOSSA project, following a review of 15 ongoing projects. The institutions’ project management tools make room for agile, collaborative development cycles.

Commonly-used open source tools include solutions for continuous integration and deployment of software, Jenkins and CruiseControl. These solutions let software developers manage updates of their code, which in turn helps to prevent errors.

Software developers working for the European Commission and the European Parliament also use open source code management tools Apache Subversion and GIT. The EC and EP software developers also commonly use Eclipse as integrated development environment, and Apache Maven as a build tool. For automated testing, they turn to Selenium.

In addition, software libraries related to security, such as OpenSSL and Spring Security, are standard development tools used in both institutions.

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Europe's refugee crisis: How one Wi-Fi network is offering a lifeline for Lesbos migrants

The first question asked by refugees arriving in Lesbos is: "What country am I in?" The second is usually: "Where can I get Wi-Fi?"

That's been the experience of Evert Bopp, founder and CEO of Disaster Tech Lab (DTL), an Irish charity dedicated to deploying communication networks in disaster-hit areas.

DTL's current mission is building and maintaining a free Wi-Fi network on the Greek island of Lesbos, a main access point into Europe for refugees fleeing war-torn areas in the Middle East.

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IT World: Cyberespionage groups are stealing digital certificates to sign malware

An increasing number of cyberespionage groups are using stolen code-signing certificates to make their hacking tools and malware look like legitimate applications.

The latest example is a China-based hacker group that has launched targeted attacks against government and commercial organizations from around the world over the past two years.

The group's activities were uncovered by researchers from Symantec in late 2015 when they detected a digitally signed hacking tool that was used in an attack against one of the company's customers.

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2016 EU Prize for Women Innovators

Susana Sargento is the winner of the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2016. This award recognizes her work and research in the field of connected cars. In this interview she explains the importance of innovation and how she made her way through the ICT sector.

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Computerworld: Countries making the most impact on tech innovation

A report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation ranks nations based on the impact their economic and trade policies have on global innovation. Here’s a look at who came in first and last and a few in-between.

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