[PublicPolicy] Open Sourcing Government Code

sean roberts seanroberts66 at gmail.com
Fri May 29 15:56:05 UTC 2020

Hi Shimon and Alex,

Take a look at the Open Mobility Foundation https://www.openmobilityfoundation.org/ and how Los Angeles has been collaborating on this open source project.

My experience is that open source is a serious commitment and culture change for any organization. You need examples and models to follow. OMF is a practical, real world, current problem solving example.

I can make some introductions and/or explain more if you find their work interesting.

Sean Roberts, Chief Technologist
925.980.4729 Lincoln Network, LincolnPolicy.org
schedule through https://calendly.com/sarob/
On May 29, 2020, 4:12 AM -0700, Alexander Sander <alex.sander at fsfe.org>, wrote:
> Hi Shimon, hi all,
> I am Alex, also working for FSFE.
> > > Why should a government open source their code?
> >
> > That's a question we received a lot during the years. Meanwhile as a
> > first step we often use this short 3:37 minute video on
> > https://publiccode.eu/#about available in English, French, German,
> > Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and we would love to have more
> > languages. (The Open Letter there is also supported by many
> > organisations whom I suspect here on the list
> > https://publiccode.eu/openletter/ .)
> >
> > After this initial argumentation about the "why" we often use the
> > brochure: https://fsfe.org/campaigns/publiccode/brochure (in English,
> > German, Czech, and Brazilian Portuguese) providing some more background
> > about software freedom, some examples, etc.
> >
> As the coordinator of this campaign I would like to give you a little
> more background information.
> This campaign started two and half year ago with our website
> publiccode.eu and an open letter. We want legislation requiring that
> publicly financed software developed for the public sector be made
> publicly available under a Free and Open Source Software licence. If it
> is public money, it should be public code as well.
> Until now, more than 28.000 individuals and more than 190 organisation
> signed our open letter. Also three administrations signed: Barcelona,
> Parliament of Asturias and Samtgemeinde Elbmarch. Also more and more
> administrations mention our demand in policy papers and parliaments vote
> in favour of Public Money, Public Code.
> Also we have created a bunch of activities for the Free Software
> community to help. If you want to learn more about the campaign
> framework you can watch a talk by Matthias and Bonnie [1]
> Also, if you haven't done yet, please feel free to add your signature
> and spread the word.
> Best
> Alex
> [1] https://fahrplan.chaos-west.de/36c3/talk/LF3YYH/
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