government

Fix your block the open source way
Blockee is a web application that lets you visualize improvements to your block. It was built as a Labs Friday project by Jesse Bounds, Nick Doiron, Serena Wales and myself. You can try it out at Blockee.org.
0 comments Posted 21 Nov 2012 by Tamara Shopsin Feed
change
Today, I have a piece over on Tech President about how the new UK government website—Gov.uk—does a lot of things right. I'd love to see more governments invest two of the key ingredients that made the website work—good design and better analytics.
0 comments Posted 13 Nov 2012 by David Eaves Feed
open parliament
France is the latest government to move from open source-friendly to open source-active, to paraphrase the European Commission's aspirational reference to Cloud Computing. In late September, French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, signed a guideline (in French here and a rough translation here)... Read more
0 comments Posted 8 Nov 2012 by Paul Brownell (Red Hat) Feed
open source democracy
There's a new twist on election day—giving feedback on your voting experience.  U.S. citizens voting in today's election can share what it was like at their polling location using MyFairElection.
0 comments Posted 6 Nov 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
open standards announcement
Last week, the UK Cabinet Office released its Open Standards Principles: For software interoperability, data and document formats in government IT specifications. It became effective November 1, 2012, and applies to IT specifications for software interoperability, data, and document formats for... Read more
2 comments Posted 6 Nov 2012 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
giving back with open source
Smaller governments, typically those in rural towns, don’t have the IT capacity to foster serious innovation in citizen participation like governments in larger cities do. Two groups decided it was time to give back and have come together to share their technical knowledge and expertise: ... Read more
1 comment Posted 30 Oct 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
open source in the military
While preparing to attend the 4th Military Open Source Working Group meeting, it was refreshing and affirming to receive a notification for the event dress code: Please remember that this is an open source software event and in honor of the glorious developers, casual attire is expected. In the... Read more
0 comments Posted 24 Oct 2012 by Luis Ibanez Feed
Citizen participation
Open Colorado is announcing the third annual CityCamp Colorado unconference scheduled for Friday, October 26, 2012. The unconference will bring together people to share ideas that aim to enhance government transparency, citizen participation, and accountability. Ultimately, these goals look to... Read more
0 comments Posted 4 Oct 2012 by ScottPrimeau Feed
rupee
Free and open source software (FOSS) plays an indispensable role in developing countries. As it is often a substitute for more expensive proprietary software, it can impact the economy and progress of a country, like India, in a very positive way.
4 comments Posted 3 Sep 2012 by Aahit Feed
open source lightning talks
Do you see government as an institution without much room for growth and change? The open source way is creating a path for citizens to become empowered and help their community make improvements where traditional methods have failed—through active participation, gained knowledge, and a two-way... Read more
2 comments Posted 31 Aug 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed

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