The state of New Hampshire recently passed a bill that it hopes will encourage the development of open-source software, by tying requirements for open-source to the state’s procurement process:
The bill, HB 418, requires government officials to consider open-source products when making new technology acquisitions and only purchase products that comply with open data standards. Last year, Nick Judd covered how the New Hampshire legislature changed with the addition of several “geeks” to the House of Representatives and the passage of this new legislation shows a growing culture of friendliness to the tech concept of “open” in the statehouse. It is currently on its way to the governor’s desk for signing.
Open source advocates say the New Hampshire bill represents an evolution for open software in government.
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