Policies and Principles

Open Source as the Default License

When government technology is acquired, contracts should stipulate that the software being developed (at taxpayer expense) is released with an OSI (open source institute) approved open source license. This would allow for reduced intergovernmental expense, and further innovation. Further -- it's morally appropriate: taxpayer funded software ought to belong to the public, much like taxpayer funded content cannot be held by copyright.

 

There should be a rule that the department head can waive this restriction on a case-by-case basis.

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Idea No. 342