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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DrJohnnyFever
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2012-03-07

This is largely the reason why CSRG released BSD under the newly created BSD license. Its the genesis of open source. DARPA funded a lot of it, so release it freely redistributable. (This is far from the only example of this).

Its far from absolute but the vast majority of DARPA, AFRL, ORN funded computer science (that is not otherwise considered a military secret etc) is released under a permissive free software license.

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osvil Member since:
2012-10-25

I am european, but I've worked with some people related to several darpa sponsored projects. I was surprised to know that it was a requisite to have the resulting code released with a permissive license (in their case it was BSD-like). Then you read the rationale: "funded with public money so it should be open to the public." It makes absolute sense. Kudos for that to the US administration.

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