WhiteHouse.gov Releases Open Source Code

A tech article on Whitehouse.gov documents the release of some custom code authored by the technology team implementing that website. While such releases are common from many organisations and not worthy of press releases, I suspect this information release is done to signal to other US government departments and governments of other countries that they should follow suit.

I've noted many times in Canada where the presumption is that code built on top of an existing FLOSS code-base cannot be shared, when the presumption should be that it should and the specific project should have to justify why it doesn't. This is software authored at public expense, and like open data the presumption should be that taxpayer funded works should be available to taxpayers.