FSFE Newsletter - April 2017


Free Software in the German OGP action plan

Last December, Germany joined the Open Government Partnership and now has until June 2017 to develop and decide on an action plan. Increased transparency and continuous reporting, governmental effectiveness and citizen-friendly administration are all part of the goals of Open Government.

The FSFE has worked together with other organisations and the "working group OGP" Germany to summarise the topic of Free Software in the Open Government context and provide concrete action items, along with a short but illuminating introduction into the topic and a vision for 2030. The recommendations were submitted to the German government in March.

The proposal was the outcome of a workshop, held by the German Government in February, with the contribution of numerous civil society representatives, including the FSFE. By publishing our suggestions, we hope to enable civil society actors worldwide to learn about the OGP discussion in Germany and use these suggestions in other countries.

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