Open Source for America Principles

Open Source for America and its members agree to the following founding principles.

  1. While respecting the right of every developer to choose the license that it believes best reflects its desires and needs, we support the four freedoms in the Free Software Definition.
    • The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0);
    • The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this;
    • The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2); and
    • The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements (and modified versions in general) to the public, so that the whole community benefits (freedom 3). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  2. We applaud the commitment of the Administration to make the U.S. Federal government more transparent, participatory, secure, and efficient, and urge the U.S. Federal government to pursue this goal by leveraging the advantages of free and open source software.
  3. We believe that the community can drive collaborative innovation in the U.S. government space, resulting in greater efficiencies and national competitiveness.
  4. We believe the decision to use software should be driven solely by the requirements of the user, and not by a mandate for a particular brand, vendor, or development model.