This week I’m going to pose a series of questions in the hope of driving some discussion around the use of open source in government, as well as government involvement in open source.
- (General warm-up question) In what ways is it in the public’s interest for a government to make the intellectual property it develops available to its citizens?
- In the case of software, does exclusive patent licensing by a government patent holder have any advantages or disadvantages to the public interest compared with making it available for open source implementations?
- Does a government allowing open source implementations of its software intellectual property foster potential security problems?
- Does a government allowing open source implementations of its software intellectual property dilute any potential innovation and economic advantages to its citizens?