Apr 12, 17 / Tau 18, 01 12:03 UTC
Will government organizations be required to use open source software? (and possibly extending that to hardware/etc) ¶
If cybersecurity will be taken seriously in Asgardia (as it should be), then the question of what software will handle our data will inevitably come up.
My opinion on the matter is that closed source solutions and vendor lock-ins can pose a problem. Closed source solutions can undermine trust in the organization in question, since citizens would have no way of verifying the security and privacy of their data and vendor lock-ins can create technical debt, more and more of it as they pile up. The recommendation of the infosec community has long been that it is always better to use open source software that everyone can check for security holes and if necessary, paying a related company for priority support and insurance if something does go wrong, instead of paying for closed source software and praying that the company won't sell someone a backdoor or just disappear before fixing a critical bug.
Anyways, I am sure there are many people more qualified than me who can talk more in-depth about this issue, so I leave it up to them.