Reuse is key - democratic public e-services
Reuse is key. Public services should be reusable and improvable. We need mandatory open source everywhere as a principle and open innovation. The foremost important thing is to preserve the liberty of the public and open source is helpful in that way. Just think of the proud Estremadura people who broke away from the software monopolists. Public services which are determined by the capabilities of software (written outside the EU) which then gets customised to local needs are a great danger to the sovereinty of the people, a danger to democracy.
We democratically make and modify our own laws, govern ourselves for the people and by the people, and we have to be able to make and modfy our own software. Software that is powering public e-services. Because as a computer scientist once said, CODE is LAW.
We, the people of Europe, the people in our community have to be in control of our e-services. We have to ensure access to the source code and availability for checking. We have to be able to inspect how the service works and propose changes to them. And in the community of Europe we want to share with each other, share our best achievements and again here only open source licensing guarantees the frictionless exchange of public e-services between different bodies, and that nothing paid by public money gets wasted.