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

Doing government websites right

Today, I have a piece over on Tech President about how the new UK government website——does a lot of things right. I'd love to see more...Read more

Gather crowdsourced public input with Shareabouts app

Citizen participation
As stressful as elections can be, they always bring a welcome surge of patriotism. United States citizens have a lot of opinions about their...Read more

France government is latest to fully embrace open source

open parliament
France is the latest government to move from open source-friendly to open source-active, to paraphrase the European Commission's aspirational...Read more

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