Description / Objectives
Good government is based on transparency and accountability, and this includes technology. In order to have full democracy, we must have control over the digital aspects of our lives.
With this in mind, Barcelona City Council is opting for the use of open-code technologies with the aim of achieving complete technological sovereignty. This option includes the possibility of carrying out a complete (and public) audit of what the devices and software that we work with on a daily basis in the City Council actually do, extending their functionalities and being able to include any local community interested in making improvements.
The City Council wants to publish this software in public repositories with permissive licences so that third parties can use it, improve it and reuse it, whether they be other public administrations, companies or individuals.
This policy would make it possible for the general public to save money on proprietary licences and improve system security. Other benefits include less dependence on external providers and diversification in contracting. It will also help to create a network with other administrations for sharing technology.