Government

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

Rate your voting experience, crowdsourced by MyFairElection

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...Read more

UK Government finalizes Open Standards Principles: The Bigger Picture

open standards announcement
Last week, the UK Cabinet Office released its Open Standards Principles: For software interoperability, data and document formats in government IT...Read more

Crowdsourced reports save emergency services overwhelmed by Hurricane Sandy

Flooding from Hurricane Sandy
The 9-1-1 system is overwhelmed with real emergencies during weather events like Hurricane Sandy, so if you want to report a downed tree, power...Read more

Opengov techies give back with apps and expertise

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...Read more

Which Code for America app could help improve civic engagement in your location?

Race for Reuse
The Code for America Brigade recently launched Race for Reuse . It's a different kind of contest that aims to increase adoption of existing open source projects with real dollars. The goal isn't to build something brand new—it's to encourage volunteer teams (called "brigades") across the U.S. to stand up and support existing open source projects. Because one of the more difficult parts of deploying open source apps is building the user community around the projects and getting citizens engaged. There are four apps that brigades are competing with:Read more

Contest aims to give open source projects a second wind

Race for Reuse
The Code for America Brigade recently launched Race for Reuse . It's a different kind of contest that aims to increase adoption of existing open...Read more

Agility of open source software proves good fit for U.S. military

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...Read more

Reclaiming public space in your city

Code for America buttons
My love affair with cities, San Francisco in particular, started early. Though my parents moved from San Francisco to the suburbs before I turned one...Read more