Graphic: Government Intelligence Tribe (3 of 8)

Government Tribe
Government Tribe

The government intelligence tribe is much much larger than just the secret national intelligence element.  Govenrment is a beneficiary–a consumer–of open source information–rather than a primary generator.  There are some very positive trends toward assuring that all information paid for by the taxpayer are placed in the public domain in digital form, and some governments, such as those of China and Norway, have made the logical connection between Free/Open Source Software (F/OSS) and public intelligence or information–citizens should not have to purchase proprietary software or licenses in order to view and exploit government-provided information they funded in the first place.  State and local governments are also becoming much more important as real-time science and full-spectrum budget harmonization come into play.

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