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Will voting systems adopt open source?

Brent Turner of the California Association of Voting Officials (CAVO) talks with us about the unfortunate trend for vendors to "openwash" their offerings; that is, to misrepresent proprietary products as if they were open source, with the intent of making them more appealing.


5 benefits of using revision control in political groups

In this article, explore five potential benefits of using revision control to create policy documents, and how this process assists in the promotion of open government.


Why aren't governments as transparent as they could be?

While it would be hard to argue that the Internet hasn't made governments at all levels more open, they clearly are not as open as they could be, nor are they as transparent as its citizens are.


Should governments develop their own software?

Government may not have been good at software development and innovation in the past, but open source is changing the equation.


Who's leading the charge for transparency in democratic elections?

The pernicious effects of closed proprietary software reaches its peak of damaging the general public when it obscures the voting process in democratic elections. If there is one area in which the public interest calls for absolute transparency of the software and hardware used for performing data gathering, aggregation, and reporting, it is in the process of counting votes to elect public servants. In this interview, we hear from Brent Turner about how the California Association of Voting Officials (CAVO) uses open source software to bring trust back into the process of casting and counting votes during elections.


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.