Advocacy groups push Portugal to use open source to stop losing control over its digital assets

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Advocacy groups push Portugal to use open source to stop losing control over its digital assets

To stop losing control over its digital assets, the Portuguese government should make a sincere move to free and open source software, the country’s open source trade group ESOP says. The business association is not convinced that Portugal’s new ICT strategy, published in July, will help.

Increasing the use of open source software solutions in public administration is one of the many measures set out in Portugal’s new ICT strategy. The aim is similar to those of other EU Member States, ESOP told Open Source Observatory (OSOR) by email: “Portugal is aligned with the majority of the EU by stating that it needs to expand its use of open source.”

However, public administrations in Portugal and elsewhere are doing the opposite, ESOP told OSOR: “European governments are less and less in control of their digital assets, as they continue to use proprietary ICT, including cloud solutions.” The lack of commitment to open source is hampering the growth of an independent European software industry, the trade group says.

See https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/advocacy-groups-push-portugal-use-open-source

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To stop losing control over its digital assets, the Portuguese government should make a sincere move to free and open source software, the country's open source trade group ESOP says. The business association is not convinced that Portugal's new ICT strategy, published in July, will help. Increasing ...

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