Government

Is vendor lock-in costing Helsinki 3.4 million Euros per year?
A report on the City of Helsinki's pilot project for the use of OpenOffice in the public administrations leaves the public with more questions than answers. The city trialled the Free Software productivity suite on the laptops of council members for ten months in 2011. The suite enjoyed high... Read more
3 comments Posted 19 Apr 2012 by Karsten Gerloff Feed
Code for America's recruiting startups for Civic Startup Accelerator
Soon after we launched the Code for America (CfA) fellowship, we realized that to accomplish the kind of change we were seeking not only would government have to change but also the civic tech ecosystem. There needed to be more innovation, more dynamism, more entrepreneurship. City Hall needs... Read more
0 comments Posted 17 Apr 2012 by Abhi Nemani Feed
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on open source and "growing the pie"
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced one of the most progressive open source policies in the US government. They reiterated the current OMB and DOD guidance by making open source commercial software, but they also went one step further: code they write is open by... Read more
0 comments Posted 16 Apr 2012 by Gunnar Hellekson (Red Hat) Feed
World Bank announces open access policy
World Bank stakes leadership position by announcing open access policy and launching open knowledge repository under Creative Commons. The World Bank has announced a new Open Access Policy! Effective July 1, 2012, the Open Access Policy requires that all research outputs and knowledge products... Read more
0 comments Posted 13 Apr 2012 by Diane Peters Feed
How the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau made open source both a policy and
For the first time a U.S. Federal Agency, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), has come out with a policy that clearly delineates how taxpayer investments in technology should be handled. Since they say it best:
0 comments Posted 10 Apr 2012 by John Scott Feed
Next generation open data: Personal data access
Last Monday I had the pleasure of being in Mexico City for the OECD's (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) High Level Meeting on e-Government. CIO's from a number of countries were present - including Australia, Canada, the UK and Mexico (among others). But what really got me... Read more
0 comments Posted 4 Apr 2012 by David Eaves Feed
Copyright paradigm shift in visegrad countries
The field of copyright is associated with important cultural, social, and technological aspects, all of which have to be taken into account when formulating policy in this field. In the last 20 years, copyright and  patent holders in different fields of industry and art have entered into a period... Read more
0 comments Posted 4 Apr 2012 by Marek Mahut (Red Hat) Feed
How open is too open?
Last month, we posted a survey asking, "If you could open one of the following data sets tomorrow, which one would you open and why?" We got a great response–279 people voted and there were several comments. One commenter remarked that we should have made it multiple choice, avoiding an all-or-... Read more
0 comments Posted 27 Mar 2012 by Colin Dodd (Red Hat) Feed
Iceland's public administrations moving towards open source
All public administrations in Iceland are increasing their use of free and open source software. The country's government recently launched a one year migration project for all of its public institutions. "The goal of the project is not to migrate public institutions to free and open source... Read more
0 comments Posted 26 Mar 2012 by Gijs Hillenius Feed
Open source has a cyber security posse heading to POSSCON
One of my favorite projects I have the good fortune to be contributing to was created by the US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (that's DHS S&T in Beltway lingo, the equivalent of the R&D arm of the agency for the rest of us mere mortals)  It's called... Read more
0 comments Posted 23 Mar 2012 by Deb Bryant Feed

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