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 zima on Sun 17th Sep 2017 21:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: This old chestnut again"
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So for example, if UK government spend billions of euros on developing AI algorithms and infrastructure for driverless cars and is 10 years ahead of everyone else, why give it all away to other rich countries like US? UK should patent and export this technology and make money which will be used for the benefit of British tax payers.

Your example is unexportable - the rest of the world drives on the other/correct side ofthe road! ;D

(and... euros? Pounds!)

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