The open source movement has revolutionized the software industry. [insert overwhelming citations here…]
Governments the world over are in dire need of assistance and input from the public to help support politicians with the courage and leadership to stand up to the influence of corporate lobbyists. [insert even more overwhelming citations here…first and foremost: change.gov]
In turn, the public needs current, up-to-date information about the economy and status of political issues from the government — which only the government can collect, organize and authorize — in order to stay informed on these complex and interwoven topics.
Enter the open software movement. The programmers who make it run will be inspired to help — if the way is made clear to allow them to contribute. Keep code open and secure!
Steady-State Economics by Herman Daly
[more to follow….]