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The Code.mil Open Source Initiative Got a Makeover

The Defense Department launched the Code.mil website on Tuesday, a new, streamlined portal for its similarly named Code.mil initiative, a collaborative approach to meeting the government’s open source policy. The site features a suite of new tools, including checklists that links to offer guidance...
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City of Barcelona Kicks Out Microsoft in Favor of Linux and Open Source

Barcelona city administration has prepared the roadmap to migrate its existing system from Microsoft and proprietary software to Linux and Open Source software. A Spanish newspaper, El País, has reported that the City of Barcelona is in the process of migrating its computer system to Open Source...
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Encryption Technology in Your Code Impacts Export Requirements

US export laws require companies to declare what encryption technology is used in any software to be exported. The use of open source makes complying with these regulations a tricky process. US Export Requirements The regulations on US software exports come from the US Commerce Department’s Bureau...
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Commerce Seeks Input On Fighting Botnets

The Commerce Department is asking for public input on what the government should do to combat cyberattacks launched by armies of infected computers. The request follows a May executive order that directed the Commerce and Homeland Security departments to lead “an open and transparent process” to...
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Tax Your Brain: Open Source Takes on Government Black Box Economics

Federal agencies are required by law to justify their proposals before codifying them into active laws. And for good reason: changes in tax policy, for example, can affect the entire economy. However, “justification” typically comes in the form of estimates based on numbers crunched deep within the...
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DoD Launches “Code.mil,” an Experiment in Open Source

The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced the launch of Code.mil, an open source initiative that allows software developers around the world to collaborate on unclassified code written by federal employees in support of DoD projects. DoD is working with GitHub, an open source platform, to...
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Wyoming's Open Source Enterprise Code Library a Secret No More

NASCIO award-winning project speeds app development, slashes costs. As described in Wyoming’s NASCIO awards program entry submitted by Deputy State CIO Meredith Bickell, the project launched in 2013 and its main purpose is to serve as a repository of reusable code modules (or “lego blocks”) that...
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Blockchain Just Made Some New Friends in Congress

Meet the Blockchain Caucus. Boy, has blockchain become respectable. It wasn’t long ago that the face of the technology, which powers the crypto-currency bitcoin, was libertarians and drug dealers. Today, it’s the banking industry and members of Congress. On Monday, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Co) and Rep...
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Which Countries Have Open-Source Laws on the Books?

...It’s become increasingly common over the past decade or so to see laws being passed to either mandate the use of open-source software or, at the very least, encourage people in government who make procurement decisions to do so. Here’s a map of the status of open-source laws around the world,...
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Bulgaria Passes Law Requiring Government Software to be Open Source

Amendments have been passed by the Bulgarian Parliament requiring all software written for the government to be open source and developed in a public repository, making custom software procured by the government accessible to everyone. Article 58 of the Electronic Governance Act states that...
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