White House draft policy wants federal agencies to find open source religion


By now, the advantages of open source are there for all to see. When you give people access to the underlying code, good things happen. People find bugs and security holes. They make it better. They adapt it to different needs. They even build entire startup ecosystems on top of key projects.

It’s become so ubiquitous in the private sector that the government has begun to see the light too. Today US CIO Tony Scott released a blog post outlining the Obama administration’s plans to bring open source to the government too.

In the White House’s draft vision, government agencies will be able to share code and improve efficiencies over time, saving one agency from reinventing the wheel when another has already done the work.

It’s not a defined policy yet, just a launching…

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