It’s interesting to think that Open Source software vendors are lobbying President Obama because of the parallels they see between their model of software development and Obama’s promise of openness, hope, and change. Cool stuff, and pertinent to our discussion on collective intelligence, since Open Source software is open to all developers, and therefore benefits from all of those fixes, as opposed to proprietary software which limits development to in-house staff.
“Mr. President, we believe the open-source industry is changing the world of software development in many of the ways you have promised to change American politics,” the letter declares. “The values of open-source mirror those you promoted in your campaign: hope, change, and openness. We, the undersigned, sincerely hope that you will make the use of open-source software a key component of every new technology initiative the United States government enters into during your presidency.”