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[News] Government Tries to Get It with Free Software, Transparency

  • Subject: [News] Government Tries to Get It with Free Software, Transparency
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2009 02:14:23 +0100
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Law.Gov: America's Operating System, Open Source

,----[ Quote ]
| Public.Resource.Org is very pleased to announce 
| that we're going to be working with a 
| distinguished group of colleagues from across the 
| country to create a solid business plan, 
| technical specs, and enabling legislation for the 
| federal government to create Law.Gov. We envision 
| Law.Gov as a distributed, open source, 
| authenticated registry and repository of all 
| primary legal materials in the United States. 
| More details on the effort are available on our 
| Law.Gov page.


Rock the vote? Trust it first!

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| Next week, a gathering of government officials, 
| Hollywood progressives, techno-geeks and Rock the 
| Vote officials will meet in the home of film 
| producer/activist Lawrence Bender to discuss 
| "open-source voting" and how to achieve 
| reliability and accuracy with digital vote 
| tallies.



Transparency against malpractic

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| As a result of my new enthusiasm to 'get out more' I found myself listening
| to a detailed and balanced 'non-advocacy' presentation from a respected OSS
| Watch staffer.
| He explained patiently how open source licencing worked and how it differed
| from proprietary licences. But what he did say whilst looking for an everyday
| resonance to make his points accessible to a non-geek audience, and which
| really sharpened every-one's attention, was that proprietary software was
| built on secret code whereas open source software had transparent code.
| Proprietary software IS composed of secret code. You can't read it, you don't
| know what it does (other than what you can see it do), you don't know how it
| does it and you can't change it.

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