Government

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

Can governments crowdsource their brand?

Can governments crowdsource their brand?
A recent poll asked about brand practices for cities and city governments . While the results are still coming in, it's clear that citizens want to...Read more

Should your local government conduct an annual brand survey?

Can governments crowdsource their brand?
A recent poll asked about brand practices for cities and city governments . While the results are still coming in, it's clear that citizens want to be included in this process. Having an open, well-documented process is critical to achieving consensus. But what about the power of crowdsourcing? Should local governments leverage the power of their citizens and tap into public perception of their city?Read more

Can citizens use open source to create legislation?

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In recent weeks we've seen a number of projects in the area of collaborative legislation that operate similarly to open source software. Today, you...Read more

By the numbers: India saves and grows with free and open source software

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Free and open source software (FOSS) plays an indispensable role in developing countries. As it is often a substitute for more expensive proprietary...Read more

A time for change: Citizens empowered by open government

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Do you see government as an institution without much room for growth and change? The open source way is creating a path for citizens to become...Read more

Government petitioned to "free the code"

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Open Source for America has asked the White House to "Free the Code," meaning that the U.S. federal government should share government-developed...Read more

Should all taxpayer-funded software developed for governments be licensed as open source by default?

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Open Source for America has asked the White House to "Free the Code," meaning that the U.S. federal government should share government-developed software under an open source license. OSFA's petition has since expired with not enough votes, but stay tuned for future efforts on this issue. Three top reasons they say the government should mandate open sourcing of custom federal software are:Read more

Open data done well is a catalyst for change

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In March 2012 I reported in a post entitled “ Open by design ” a paper by Harlan Yu and David Robinson entitled “ The New Ambiguity of Open...Read more