Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Sep 2017 21:20 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source

Digital services offered and used by public administrations are the critical infrastructure of 21st-century democratic nations. To establish trustworthy systems, government agencies must ensure they have full control over systems at the core of our digital infrastructure. This is rarely the case today due to restrictive software licences.

Today, 31 organisations are publishing an open letter in which they call for lawmakers to advance legislation requiring publicly financed software developed for the public sector be made available under a Free and Open Source Software licence.

Good initiative, and a complete and utter no-brainer. Public money, public code.

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RE[2]: This old chestnut again
by Sidux on Sun 17th Sep 2017 09:35 UTC in reply to "RE: This old chestnut again"
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Bringing in external consultants to do the job for you is not the best idea either, and in some countries, mostly due to personal data access concerns, this tactic is no longer accepted by the regulatory organisations, requesting for companies to have in-house development and support for this kind of projects.
The idea of having public code inside government is to have a team of specialists paid by the government to maintain the developed code and for others that have proper qualification to see it and come up with solutions in case problems are detected.
This however triggers the fact that all projects have to be made public (i.e there will no longer be any special deal done by companies to take on development for themselves).
This is where the politics usually come in. For many it's a nice source of money that will have to go away for the good of the country.

Edited 2017-09-17 09:36 UTC

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