Government

government vending machine
I’m happy to announce the Version 3 release of Froide, the open source, Python-based platform for running Freedom of Information portals: allowing you to make requests to public entities by email and track responses, as well as, customize your instance to fit your campaign for government... Read more
0 comments Posted 10 May 2013 by Stefan Wehrmeyer Feed
Open Source, Open Standards 2013 conference report
Last week Open Source, Open Standards 2013 took place in London, an event focused on the public sector. Naturally these being two topics we’re very keen on here at OSS Watch I went along too. Overall the key message to take away from the event was just how central to public sector IT strategy these... Read more
0 comments Posted 7 May 2013 by Scott Wilson Feed
Citizen participation
"Got code?" is the theme of the Alameda County Apps Challenge 2013.1, the second in a series of unique day-long events designed to challenge the public to create web and mobile applications using Alameda County open data sets. The Apps Challenge will run from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm on Saturday, April... Read more
0 comments Posted 19 Apr 2013 by Keith Carson Feed
government and citizens
Meet Kris Trujillo, Senior Software Architect at Accela. I met Trujillo at last year's CityCamp Colorado and was curious about how Accela is advancing the open government movement with their software. I was impressed to learn about some of their solutions aimed at government agencies and how those... Read more
0 comments Posted 11 Apr 2013 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
a new dawn
The term "Open Government" (OG, hereafter) has been used since the 70s to refer to the effort to reduce bureaucratic opacity and open up governments to public scrutiny. Current notions of OG are thus the result of more than four decades of endeavours to increase the transparency of government... Read more
3 comments Posted 4 Apr 2013 by Pedro Prieto Martin Feed
wavegraph
Open source is used just about everywhere, but when it comes to "safety-critical" systems, like software that flies planes or controls medical equipment, most of us assume that open source just doesn't fit the bill. The regulations and requirements are rigorous, and ill-suited to the usual "fail... Read more
0 comments Posted 3 Apr 2013 by Gunnar Hellekson (Red Hat) Feed
Standing on the shoulder of giants
One of the ways Obama won the 2012 election was with technology. It wasn’t the only way, but technology offered one thing that feet on the street couldn’t: a force multiplier effect. The technology used during the campaign to accept donations and manage volunteers was based on open source and open... Read more
2 comments Posted 28 Mar 2013 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
two way government
For many, Gov 2.0 is about putting government in the hands of citizens. Whether it’s a mobile app alerting residents to a local meeting or checking social media networks to see which roads are clear for the morning commute. The term should be defined primarily by its utility in helping citizens or... Read more
2 comments Posted 27 Mar 2013 by Logan Harper Feed
eu flag
The European Commission (EC), the central governing body of the EU, has in the past several years pursued ICT policies that increasingly have been good for "openness" in the areas of standards, data, and software. Its recent announcements on cloud computing have continued this theme. However, as... Read more
3 comments Posted 25 Mar 2013 by Paul Brownell (Red Hat) Feed
public domain
In October, I used "We the People" as an example of how to get citizens engaged with government in an open manner. In November, those engaged citizens petitioned the government to consider building a Death Star. By January, enough signatures had been gathered to garner the administration’s... Read more
2 comments Posted 18 Mar 2013 by Matt Micene Feed

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