Campaign: Legal & Policy Challenges

Open electronic voting

A major impediment to transparent government is the widespread use of insecure electronic voting machines. These machines have been shown to be easily hackable, thus opening the door wide to voter fraud. Ultimately, an election might be rigged entirely, with no way to do a "recount" to correctly determine the will of the electorate. A transparent government would mandate that all electronic voting machine hardware ...more »

Submitted by (@opengov2)

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Campaign: Making Government Operations More Open

Open source / paper ballot voting systems

The current electronic voting systems have been concluded as lacking appropriate security due to design and software code issues. Open source software systems have been demonstrated as an inexpensive security solution. The country should move toward open source / paper ballot voting systems that displace the current proprietary code syatems. Fee waivers for open source systems, EAC appointments to those understanding ...more »

Submitted by (@brent01)

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Campaign: Making Data More Accessible

Agencies should create websites that use open source software and distribute data in open formats that are accessible to all sea

The CTO should ensure that agencies create websites that use open source software and distribute data in open formats that are accessible to all search engines. OMB should direct agencies to actively make all their online resources searchable by major public search engines and available in open formats. Similarly, agencies should have a policy to exercise a preference for open-source software for government activities ...more »

Submitted by (@rstrother)

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Campaign: Making Government Operations More Open

Open Software Standards Throughout Government.

All government computers should run open-source, free software licensed under GPL or similar and use universal, open standards for things like file formats. First, it's more secure and cost effective -- Linux/Unix viruses cannot spread the way those written for Windows do. Second, the software used and developed will be available to everyone for scrutiny, and public input can be given in improving that software. Third, ...more »

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Campaign: Uncategorized

Free Open Source Software

Require use of free open source software solutions as the default option. Require justfication if another option is used including full cost difference of project for using the proprietary solution. Examples include Open Office, Gimp, Drupal, Uniform Server, Thunderbird, VLC, Audacity, Knoppix, Apache, etc… Provide free training materials for all open source solutions posted on a freely available system like YouTube so ...more »

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Campaign: Public-Private Partnerships

Gardening The Factory (GTF)

In 2006, the Department of Defense (DoD) Advanced Systems and Concepts group called for a 21st century approach to IT procurement, in their acquisition modernization publication entitled Open Technology Development (OTD). GTF answers that call for DoD and (fed/state/local) civilian agencies alike, introducing Service Based Procurement (SBP) processes in a Model Based Acquisition (MBA) value chain, enabled by the Open ...more »

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Campaign: Making Government Operations More Open

FAR Definition of 'DATA' Includes Software - Encourage Re-use - Save $s

Leverage the federal definition of “data” - The Federal IT industry will be radically changed if all government-funded data (work products like software code, models, and other artifacts) is transparent and accessible. The publishing of all types of data, especially software code and business process models, by Federal contractors should be encouraged. One way to do this is to value re-use strategies when evaluationg ...more »

Submitted by (@petergallagher)

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Campaign: Between Federal, State, and Local Governments

Technology Collaboration/Shared Services - Valuing Re-use in Acquisition

While re-use is tracked in OMB 300 documentation re-use strategy is generally not evalutated in procurements. There are many ways to encourage re-use of technology including the use of COTS software. In recent years the application of open source COTS (open source is COTS by OMB definition) has shown promise of providing a whole new range of options for re-use as compared to proprietary COTS. If acquisition evaluation ...more »

Submitted by (@petergallagher)

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Campaign: Making Government Operations More Open

Peace Corps, collaborate with PC community websites to improve effectiveness

Peace Corps, running on a razor thin budget, consistently has 8000 volunteers living around the world working with Host Country Nationals to help build the underdeveloped world. Several new websites, aimed at increasing communication among applicants, current and returned volunteers, have been created to improve the overall program. By formally promoting websites such as peacecorpsjournals.com and peacecorpswiki.org, ...more »

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