[ubuntu-uk] [Fwd: [SWLUG] Open government IT projects]

Andrew Price andy at andrewprice.me.uk
Mon Jan 22 12:50:22 GMT 2007

Slightly off-topic I'm afraid. Thought this might be interesting to some
of the Ubuntu UK team members...

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [SWLUG] Open government IT projects
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2007 12:35:24 +0000 (GMT)
From: Steve Hill <steve at nexusuk.org>
To: discuss at swlug.org

I've created a petition on the E-petitions website, promoting the idea
that the tax payer should have access to the source code of IT projects we
have paid for:

Please sign it if you agree with the principle (obviously there are
exceptions where projects cannot be open, such as defense, etc).

"Software written using public funds should have it's source code
published under a distribution licence that has been declared Free by the
Free Software Foundation, rather than remaining a closed secret.

This would allow for more of the public to benefit from the development of
the software since the code would be available for anyone to use and
improve. Furthermore, compatibility with other Free licences (such as the
GPL) would promote rapid development and reduced costs through the reuse
of existing code.

An open development model would also allow the public to be more informed
of the progress and quality of these projects, which so frequently seem to
end up severely over budget."


  - Steve

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