☞ White House Does Open Source

It was delightful to see yesterday that WhiteHouse.gov released open source code for its web site customisations. This is another landmark in the acceptance of open source as a mainstream artifact, and another blow to those trying to get the US Trade Representative to use the presence of open source as a DNA marker for badness in foreign governments.

While there are traces of positivity in the Conservative manifest around open source, I see nothing as strong in the UK as this practice-what-you-preach action by Obama’s administration. We need to ask the people knocking on our doors the next two weeks why they are ignoring digital liberty issues.

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  1. This is indeed delightful. Adding to the delight: to my knowledge this also marks the first time any government agency anywhere in the world has contributed open source accessibility code (the “Node Embed” module).

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