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Public Money, Public Code

by gijs   |   14 Sep, 2017

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Software paid by taxpayers should be open to everyone.

Why is software, created using taxpayers’ money not released as Free Software? This is the central question of a new released campaign, by the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) that urges governments to release the code of software that is paid for by citizens. With important support from Edward Snowden, this campaign helps you to convince your political representatives!

‘Free Software gives everybody the right to use, study, share and improve software. This right helps support other fundamental freedoms like freedom of speech, press and privacy’ as the foundation states on their website.

The campaign provides four important reasons for public code:

  • Tax savings, since similar applications don’t have to be programmed from scratch every time.
  • Collaboration can improve. Efforts on major projects can share their expertise and split costs to work more efficient.
  • Serve the public better. These applications are paid by the public and therefor should be available to everyone.
  • Innovation can be fostered. When software is open source, and processes are transparent, others don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

With a specially design letter you can personally address this issue at your local political representative and urge to “Implement legislation requiring that publicly financed software developed for the public sector be made publicly available under a Free and Open Source Software licence.”

The Clarity project is supporting European Member States in their pursuit for greater trust, transparency and efficiency within their open eGovernment initiatives and highlight best practice within this field. So open code for government initiatives is something we strongly believe in.

Sign the letter and wake-up your local, national & regional politicians! 

 

 
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