Not too long ago I attended TransparencyCamp in DC and led a discussion on how to work with government. The session was intended for technologists and advocates. I was pleasantly
surprised to find one of the participants was a senate staffer. After listening to much of the discussion she explained that she had worked on a bill that included a
role for open source software which eventually failed to move forward. Her question to me: why was that no one from the open source community stepped forward or offered to help answer questions. Where were they? Her question gave me pause.
Several moths later, the cavalry has arrived. Along with the town crier, the
librarian, the community manager, the mayor and a cadre of plumbers. The newly formed coalition is “Open Source for America”, and I’m pleased to have bee
n a par
t of its founding effort. Read more at the association web site.