Paul Brown writes, "The FSFE's 'Public Money? Public Code!' campaign wants to convince
lawmakers that software created with public funds should be made
available to the public under Free Software licences.
"Currently, most software in the public administrations is locked away
behind restrictive licenses. Edward Snowden has weighed in on the
campaign and says that the security of closed source software should be
a major concern for public administrations:
"[Closed source software] radically increases the difficulty of discovering both accidental and intentional security flaws in critical software. [...] Unauditable code is a liability that states can no longer subsidize with special legal privileges without incurring a cost denominated in lives."
Plus it is a major economic burden for citizens. Even if there is a
solution for problem created for one public institution, another
institution wanting to solve the same issue will have to commission a
similar solution and the taxpayer has to foot the bill twice, or,
indeed, many times.
Other problems caused by closed source software cited on the campaign
website concern security (or lack thereof) of sensitive information
collected and stored by unaudited software on public servers,
unaffordable updates (the cause of the Wannacry crisis that hit back in
May), vendor lock-in (which is when a client becomes so dependent on
provider they cannot break free), and just common sense in doing what is
If you agree that it is public money, it should be public code as well,
then sign the open letter, sharing the
video, and spreading the word on social media using the #publiccode
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