New Information Subsector – Open Source / Open Standards

Date: 5 Jun 2009 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

We have added a new sector to the Information Policy Area – Open Source / Open Standards. The first rule in this new sector is a recent resolution from Vancouver that will increase local government use of open standards, open source, and open/accessible data.

Open standards, open data, and open source are all important ingredients for locally self-reliant communities in the modern era. As modern life has become more dependent on computers, openness is an important check against the power of a single vendor or other entity from becoming unaccountable.

You’ll find more details on the sector page or in the rules we will add over time.

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Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Community Broadband Netwroks Initiative with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. He runs as part of ILSR's effort to ensure broadband networks are directly accountable to the communities that depend upon them.