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Top 10 open government articles in 2013
We have policies. Now what? In recent years, news of open source or open standards policies dominated our news feeds. Each new policy was hailed as a victory by advocates of open source. While there has been no shortage of successful news stories around open source implementations this year, we’ve... Read more
1 comment Posted 26 Dec 2013 by Melanie Chernoff (Red Hat) Feed
change through open government
When the US Federal government shutdown from October 1 - 16 this year, a small Drupal shop in the Washington DC area turned a list of freelance gigs for furloughed employees in a Google doc into a website in five hours. Unfurlough.us went live at 1:00 am EST on October 4, accumulating 50,000 page... Read more
0 comments Posted 11 Dec 2013 by Jen Wike Huger (Red Hat) Feed
Neelie Kroes, VP of the European Commission (EC)
Neelie Kroes, VP of the European Commission (EC), has a website called Comment Neelie to initiate and maintain a two-way conversation between herself, as a politician, and the public, as citizens. Kroes says that it's "a channel to communicate, not just broadcast."
2 comments Posted 25 Nov 2013 by Robin Muilwijk Feed
patent reform
Just before the shutdown of the Federal Government last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took a first and important step to examine critical questions surrounding Patent Aggression Entities (PAEs):
1 comment Posted 21 Nov 2013 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
not confidential government software
The on-going debate regarding the use of free and open source software in the Italian Public Administration (PA) seems to be coming to a satisfactory conclusion. Italian public administrations are now obliged to give priority to free and open source software. This preference, however, cannot be... Read more
1 comment Posted 11 Nov 2013 by Guglielmo Troiano Feed
a new dawn with open source
Here’s a development that could have enormous global implications for the search for a new commons-based economic paradigm. Working with an academic partner, the Government of Ecuador has launched a major strategic research project to "fundamentally re-imagine Ecuador" based on the principles of... Read more
6 comments Posted 6 Nov 2013 by David Bollier Feed
free and open source software in government
See the FSFE's 'free software' questions for federal and local government at the Ask your candidates campaign page. The Free Software Foundation Europe published its free software-related election questions (in German) for this fall's elections to the German parliament, which will take place on... Read more
open source in government programs
On March 15, 2013, ComputerWeekly.com, the “leading provider of news, analysis, opinion, information and services for the UK IT community” published an article by Bryan Glick entitled: Government mandates 'preference' for open source. The article focuses on the release of the UK’s new Government... Read more
1 comment Posted 21 May 2013 by Adam Firestone Feed
Last week, The White House published an Executive Order by which the default method for government data collection and dissemination must now be:
0 comments Posted 14 May 2013 by Luis Ibanez 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

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