Sunday, June 17, 2007

Dutch Open Source consultation (6)

Practical ICT policy of government departments
For the setting up of minimal conditions, a framework, the government can count on the support of a majority of the respondents. This is seen as an important condition for fostering open standards and open source software in the IT policy of the government.
When deciding a preference should be expressed for open source software and for an insistence on open standards, says Björn Wijers of the Open Media foundation.

In decision processes there is not automatically a part to ply for citizens, the majority of respondents states.

Strict limiting conditions on main issues should be transparent. Selection processes should be taken step by step with transparency on main issues and exceptions or deviation should be declared. Of course changes should be made in the purchasing procedures. I do not believe in citizens’ participation as the disciple of computing is too complex for lay people, says Jo Lahore of Holland Open.

The government should institute a policy in which there are conditions to be fulfilled like using open standards for storage and communication. The government should also stimulate a policy of openness and regionalism, says
Duco Dokter of Wyldebeast & Wunderliebe.

Input of the citizens in this phase is not hardly interesting as 90 percent of the citizens can only push buttons and knows software only as their desktop, says Kees Lijkendijk of ISC Police Netherlands.

(My comment: I do not agree with this last remark. It sounds arrogant to me. Since internet many citizens have gained a good knowledge of software. An example of this is the Dutch action group which is protesting the software used in voting machines.)

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