Government

Open source technologies, communities, and methodologies are playing an increasingly important role in international governments and policy-making.

Are citizen CIOs a partner or a threat to local government?

What is a citizen CIO?
Are citizen CIOs a threat to local governments or a blessing in disguise? With government IT departments producing more open data and participation from community interest groups and citizens on the rise , we’re beginning to see the start of a new movement within open government: telling our government which technologies to deploy. Citizens are identifying—and some are creating themselves—the next wave of applications and resources for their municipalities, such as a crowdsourced answering platform for city services, an open data catalog, and a civic infrastructure adoption website for fire hydrants and storm drains. With this, the role of the citizen CIO is beginning to emerge.Read more

Open source is the dominant warfighting doctrine of the 21st century

open source in the military
Open source software offers the promise of a revolutionary transformation in defense, intelligence, law enforcement, and government technology at a...Read more

Hackers wanted: Code for America deadline for 2014 Fellowship nears

Quit complaining and start innovating
There are only a few days left to apply. Code for America is looking for developers, designers, researchers, data scientists, and product managers...Read more

US homeland security investing in OSS cybersecurity projects

open economics
Working on cybersecurity and looking for support for your project? The Homeland Open Security Technology (HOST) project has begun a seven-week open...Read more

Open Data Charter released at the G8 Summit

sustainable open data
The release of the Open Data Charter by the G8 is testimony to the growing importance of open data worldwide. The Charter recognizes the central role...Read more

IRS turns over a new leaf, opens up data

IRS opens data in government
The core task for Danny Werfel, the new acting commissioner of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), is to repair the agency’s tarnished...Read more

'Free software' questions for federal and local candidates

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...Read more

In Hawaii, open data is the law

open government legislation
We're forecasting sunnier skies in Hawaii today, as Gov. Neil Abercrombie is scheduled to sign the state's first open data bill into law. The bill...Read more