[FSFE PR][EN] Dortmund relies on Free Software – This paves the way for Public Money? Public Code!

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Wed Mar 31 08:31:56 UTC 2021

 = Dortmund relies on Free Software – This paves the way for Public Money? Public Code! =

[ Read online: https://fsfe.org/news/2021/news-20210331-01.en.html ]

With a groundbreaking resolution, Dortmund has committed itself to the
use of Free Software. With an overwhelming, cross-faction majority, the
city council has paved the way for "Public Money? Public Code!” In the
future, software developed or commissioned by the administration will be
made available to the general public.

Back in February, the city council approved a motion previously
submitted by the SPD, Bündnis90/Die Grünen, CDU, Die Linke+ and
FDP/Bürgerliste. In the future, Free Software is to be used wherever
possible and software developed or commissioned for development by the
administration is to be made available to the general public. Dortmund
is thus following the principle of "Public Money? Public Code!" - code
paid for by all should be available to the people! The minutes of the
meeting published today [1] show with what unity the council stands
behind the principle: The motion passed unanimously. (Although the
FDP/Bürgerliste abstained from the vote due to a different amendment on
a different point, but introduced the motion and is still in favor). The
result was made possible by the consistent efforts of the DO-FOSS
initiative [2], which also supported the "Public Money? Public Code"
campaign of the FSFE.

Matthias Kirschner, President of the Free Software Foundation Europe
states: "We are happy that the DO-FOSS initiative was able to convince
the city of Dortmund of the principle of "Public Money? Public Code".
Free Software gives everyone the right to use, study, share and improve
software for any purpose. These freedoms also benefit administrations.
Public administrations that follow this principle can benefit from
numerous advantages: Collaboration with other government agencies,
independence from individual vendors, potential tax savings, innovation
and a more solid basis for IT security. The Council's decision means
that there is now the political backing to gradually break down
dependencies on proprietary vendors. We will accompany the
implementation and at the same time call on other administrations in
Germany and Europe to follow Dortmund's example."  The "Public Money?
Public Code!" initiative aims to establish Free Software as the standard
for publicly funded software. The "Public Money? Public Code!"
initiative of the Free Software Foundation Europe is supported by over
200 organizations and administrations. Learn more here: publiccode.eu

Discuss this [4]

 1: https://rathaus.dortmund.de/dosys/doRat.nsf/NiederschriftXP.xsp?action=openDocument&documentId=28B18161663E54D5C12586A8002F14EA
 2: https://blog.do-foss.de/
 3: https://publiccode.eu/
 4: https://community.fsfe.org/t/646

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  control technology. Software is deeply involved in all aspects of our
  lives; and it is important that this technology empowers rather than
  restricts us. Free Software gives everybody the rights to use,
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