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  • OSFA Awards! May 30, 2014Congrats to our latest OSFA Award winners who have demonstrated their great commitment to use of open source by the federal government. Organizational winners are: Office of the Federal Register for ...
  • What’s Ahead for Open Source in Government? Sep 25, 2013Mark Bohannon from Red Hat predicts government trends in open source for 2013
  • 22 Years Ago Torvalds Sent the Email That Started Linux Aug 25, 2013What started as an idea for an interesting project 22 years ago was kicked off by a single email from Linus Torvalds – https://www.linux.com/news/software/linux-kernel/734956-linuss-famous-email

Government Open Source News
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U.S. Digital Services and Playbook: "Default to Open"

Mark Bohannon gives an overview of some new open initiatives by the U.S. federal government, including the Digital Services Playbook and the U.S. Digital Service. Both focus on a "default to open" mentality.


DemocracyOS promotes civic engagement on both sides

Pia Mancini discusses the challenges DemocracyOS faces and how Democracia en Red is planning to overcome them


Why isn't all government software open source?

Three things that need to change for government to open source all software it creates.


North Carolina says "no" to patent trolls

North Carolina became the latest state to take a stand against patent trolls when NC Governor Pat McCrory signed a new law last week aimed at preventing bad faith assertions of patent infringement. Patent trolls (more officially called "patent assertion entities" or "non-practicing entities") are known for sending very vague letters, with often meritless claims, to other businesses in the hopes of extorting a settlement to avoid the nuisance of a lawsuit.


Real debate between citizens and officials with DemocracyOS

In this interview with Pia Mancini, I investigate the technologies and background of DemocracyOS, a platform for open government.


The Benefit of Open Source

The Open Source model harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency to create high-quality, secure and easily integrated software at an accelerated pace and lower cost.

Primary benefits of open source software are choice, reliability, low-cost, security and faster deployment.