While government software developers collaborate well today, 2009 was a different story. Much of the software was redundant, locked up by vendors and integrators, incompatible with other software, and had a small base of people who knew how to maintain it. In short, it was a challenge.
A strong society has a common ownership of its critical infrastructure. Akvo.org co-founder Thomas Bjelkeman-Pettersson discusses why open source software is right for developing countries' digital governance.
Brent Turner of the California Association of Voting Officials (CAVO) talks with us about the unfortunate trend for vendors to "openwash" their offerings; that is, to misrepresent proprietary products as if they were open source, with the intent of making them more appealing.
In this article, explore five potential benefits of using revision control to create policy documents, and how this process assists in the promotion of open government.
While it would be hard to argue that the Internet hasn't made governments at all levels more open, they clearly are not as open as they could be, nor are they as transparent as its citizens are.
Government may not have been good at software development and innovation in the past, but open source is changing the equation.
The pernicious effects of closed proprietary software reaches its peak of damaging the general public when it obscures the voting process in democratic elections. If there is one area in which the public interest calls for absolute transparency of the software and hardware used for performing data... Read more
How could communities earn the distinction of being a digital city? Wisely implemented, digital badges can help individuals and communities focus their energies on worthy goals.
In a short notice published last month, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) announced it was retiring a number of Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) because they were obsolete. Notably, that list of retirements includes FIPS-185, and its best-known implementation... Read more
Open Forum Europe has initiated an effort to help the European Union (EU) institutions live up to their commitments to support open document formats when communicating with the public. The new fixmydocument.eu is giving a crowd-sourced voice to public frustration with software interoperability... Read more