TWO important open source bills from CM Kallos

This evening, I got a call from a very excited Council Member Kallos. He had just got word that two of his bills had been introduced to committee. These two bills paint a huge opportunity for all New Yorkers.

As someone who helped pave the way for Drupal to be adopted by governments everywhere, free and open source software is a proven way to lower operational cost and increase the opportunity for smaller businesses to do business with the city. In the meantime, SAVE Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 10:00AM and share your thoughts on these two bills?

Thank you to all of you who provided quotes and support for our press release when we initially introduced this legislation back in May of 2014. Please see and circulate the invitation attached and below.

You are cordially invited to provide expert testimony at a hearing of the Committee on Contracts at City Hall on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 10:00AM on the Free and Open Source Software Act and Civic Commons.

Int. 366, Free and Open Source Software Act (FOSSA), would minimize city contracts for proprietary software in favor of free and open source software (FOSS) that can be shared between government agencies and bodies. Proprietary programs require the city and other municipalities, including the state, to pay private vendors over and over again for the same code while FOSS provides the city with power over the code and the freedom to study, modify, upgrade, improve, customize, maintain and redistribute within agencies and to other cities or states. Free software means code that is free from proprietary constraints, not free of charge.

Int. 365, The Civic Commons Act, would encourage the collaborative software purchasing of free and open source software among agencies, cities and states to pool resources, avoid duplicated effort, create portable expertise, grow jobs, and reduce costs. A Civic Commons FOSS portal would be created to facilitate collaborative software purchasing and host the collaborative FOSS source code as well as FOSS projects identified as useful for government use. Civic Commons is currently a project of Code for America with more information available at

Please participate by joining us in person at City Hall on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 10:00AM to provide two-minutes of oral testimony along with twenty (20) double-sided copies of your written testimony of any length followed by question and answer. Please let us know if you will be joining us by electronic mail to or calling Paul Westrick my Legislative Director at 212-860-1950.

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