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
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
Working at the bleeding edge of global development is about to get more lively. Akvo.org co-founder Mark Charmer argues the world needs the open source movement to assert itself right now.
Melanie Chernoff reflects on another great year for open source in government. She takes a look back at the articles published on Opensource.com this year and notices that most articles on the government sector fell into one of three categories: government policies, new tools available, and case... Read more
As the U.S. military continues its march toward virtualization, it will need to operate in an environment that runs on more agile solutions. Linux containers fit that bill nicely, enabling Defense Department agencies to take full advantage of virtualization benefits.
Open Knowledge's recent publication of the 2014 Open Data Index shows slow progress by governments in opening up key data. Overall the level of "open" is down to 11% from 15% a year ago.
With the ability to move quickly, easily integrate, and review the code’s security firsthand, it is really no surprise that many governments are turning to open source software for their IT projects and initiatives. Email systems house and transmit sensitive information that government agencies... Read more
The government of India has recently announced a big push into open source as a part of its Digital Initiative. For a country of more than a billion people and thousands of government organizations, it is hope for the faltering free and open source software communities there. Indian native and... Read more
In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at Facebook's TODO project, Coursera's Brazil launch, and more!