The Free Software Foundation Europe and a broad group of organisations including Creative Commons are supporting the Public Money, Public Code campaign. The initiative calls for the adoption of policies that require that software paid for by the public be made broadly available as Free and Open Source Software. Nearly 40 organisations and over 6200 individuals have already supported this action by signing the open letter. You can sign it too.
We know that publicly funded educational materials and scientific research should be made available under open licenses for maximum access and reuse by everyone.
The same goes for the digital infrastructure of publicly-funded software. Unfortunately, governments around the world tend to procure mostly proprietary software, and the restrictive licenses that come with it limits our rights as citizens to use (and improve) these tools funded through the public purse and developed for the public good.
Make your voice heard today. The campaign organiser will deliver the signatures to European representatives who are debating software freedom in public administration.
Public Money? Public Code! from Free Software Foundation Europe on Vimeo.