Open source is the way forward for open democracy

By Lora Botev | 29 March 2021

Open source is a growing trend among governments around the world. Seen as a collaborative way towards open innovation, it has the power to increase transparency, challenge norms with new ideas, and promote more equitable use of information.

From France’s Digital Republic Act making it the first country in the world to make public data ‘open by default’, to the UKGovernment’s Open Government License putting data transparency ‘at the heart of government’, governments across the world have been striving for more open processes. As a community engagement platform used by governments to connect with residents and engage them in decision-making, we know the vital role this openness plays in building trust. We also recognise that open access tools are the future, so we’re excited to be going open source to practice what we preach - transparent and equitable democracy.  

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