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[3]: This old chestnut again
by Z_God on Sun 17th Sep 2017 12:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: This old chestnut again"
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So "publicly funded software" can imply different things


No it can't. It means software which is developed using tax money, so just your case 2.

Sharing softare between governmental organizations is not as easy as you think. It requires a complete security infrastructure if you want to do access control. I've never seen this in place.

I wonder what kind of software you imagine to be useful to Google and Facebook. We're talking about software here for taxes, public infrastructure, city administration, etc.

Your example doesn't make much sense, I've never heard of governments doing R&D and then filing patents for that. That's not really their job.

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