Open source software licenses and copyright law have a complex relationship. People often say that open source turns copyright on its head and loosely refer to open source licenses as "copyleft" licenses. Indeed, the idea of a license that grants perpetual rights to copy, modify, and distribute a... Read more
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.