Solution for Technology: Save money and collaborate with citizens and across government by adopting free or open source software for government computers.

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Issue: 
Technology
Solution: 
Save money and collaborate with citizens and across government by adopting free or open source software for government computers.
Explanation: 

City government spends millions a year on licenses for commercial and proprietary software products like Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office and others when other less costly software alternatives exist. We must reform government contracting standards to recognize the value of free and open source software (FOSS) by considering its short and long term costs and comparing it to commercial and proprietary software solutions. By adopting FOSS, our City can significantly cut costs. Based on the FOSS model, anytime any agency made an improvement it could immediately benefit every other City agency, as well as the general public, using the same product.

Source: 
Former New York City Public Advocate Mark Green, "Change for New York: 100 Ideas for a Better City," 2009.
Organization: 
Mark Green for New York Public Advocate

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