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Varieties of Software and their Implications for Effective Democratic Government


L. Jean Camp


Indiana University Bloomington - School of Informatics and Computing


Proceedings of the British Academy, Vol. 135, pp. 183-185, 2006

Abstract:     
As governmental processes and judgments are increasingly digital, the transparency of digital systems that implement the processes of government becomes increasingly important. Open code is a necessary but not sufficient prerequisite for maintaining transparency as democracy becomes digitized, and complete openness of process is not appropriate for every domain. This chapter explores some of the complexities in the relationship between openness of code and democratic government.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

Keywords: Business and Government Policy, Information Technology, Open Source, Open Code, free software, Peer production, Transparency

JEL Classification: H4, D73, N4, O3, H11


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Date posted: May 31, 2006  

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Camp, L. Jean, Varieties of Software and their Implications for Effective Democratic Government. Proceedings of the British Academy, Vol. 135, pp. 183-185, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=905277

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Indiana University Bloomington - School of Informatics and Computing ( email )
901 E 10th St
Bloomington, IN 47401
United States
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