Government

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

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

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

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

Open data done well is a catalyst for change

Open data
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

Community Spotlight: Andrew Krzmarzick, enabling open source and empowering citizens in government

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As the Community Manager of GovLoop —a highly active online community connecting more than 50,000 public sector professionals—Andrew Krzmarzick...Read more

Brazil at forefront of open source initiatives

Open source in government
Since the workers’ party won the Brazilian Presidential election in 2003, an open source movement has continued to grow in government and public...Read more