Re: Larger issues in the OVC project

From: Joseph Lorenzo Hall <joehall_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Tue Jun 15 2004 - 15:56:11 CDT

The US government (fed. and local) is in a particularly good spot as
1) works created by the government don't automatically fall under
copyright and 2) government procurement officers can stipulate in
their contracts that involve software that the copyright in the work
shall be transfered over the government (and for example, licensed
under the GPL).

There was a recent case where the DoL (labor) contracted out some
development and is now distributing the source under the GPL (not to
mention the NSA's SELinux).

Joe

On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 13:51:19 -0700, Alan Dechert
<alan@openvotingconsortium.org> wrote:
>
> In case it hasn't occurred to you yet, the OVC project has implications
> beyond delivering an open, secure and auditable voting system. The NYT
> article recently made the connection to the larger issue of openness in
> government. We also know that a successful open voting software development
> project could boost open source applications in other areas--especially
> other government applications.
>
> Linda Hamel of MA was at the Harvard symposium attended by OVC founding
> members David Mertz and Eron Lloyd. She is working on getting open source
> applications ("shared source") use in government. I spoke with her today on
> the phone and I think we have a strong ally there. She reports that the MA
> Governor is strongly in favor of open source. We have a U Mass team forming
> so I think there is a good chance of getting a proposal accepted there
> fairly soon.
>
> Here are a couple of relevant pages:
>
> http://www.mass.gov/itd/legal/opensourcebriefintro.htm
>
> http://www.mass.gov/itd/legal/Opensourcepowerpointreview.ppt
>
> Alan D
>
>

-- 
Joseph Lorenzo Hall
UC Berkeley, SIMS PhD Student
http://pobox.com/~joehall/
blog: http://pobox.com/~joehall/nqb/
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