US-based think tank New America is hosting a webinar on 2020-07-14T15:30:00Z → 2020-07-14T17:00:00Z to discuss the release of an open source and government report that details why open source tools increase government transparency, responsiveness, and accountability.
Over the past six months, two New America programs, Digital Impact and Governance Initiative (DIGI) and Public Interest Technology (PIT), researched a high-level framework for approaching the development of digital public goods using open source software (OSS) principles and practices to maximize the reuse of existing software. Open source principles are an integral part of well-designed digital solutions. The Framework outlines what open source software is, the benefits and risks associated with it, and provides steps for using open source tools in your organization. While there are other important principles for building digital public goods, such as user inclusion and open data, we focused on the value of open source software in this report.
Times are troubling, but they may also present a window for change as governments conceive and implement new digital solutions. Between responding to the pandemic to administering benefits and managing public health to valuing human rights and respecting civic engagement, governments can and should do better supporting communities. Innovative jurisdictions both here and abroad are proving that it is possible to iterate quickly and build tech that works. Open source solutions may not be the only path to better government services, but the platforms can improve public transparency, responsiveness, and accountability. Open source can be part of the solution to building a better government and fostering a stronger level of trust in public institutions.
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