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Four of the five main political parties on the ballot for Germany’s parliamentary elections on 24 September favour the use of free and open source software for public services, according to the Digital-O-Mat, a web portal set up to focus on the parties’ positions on 12 main digital topics.

The Grüne and Die Linke are proponents of the use of free and open source software solutions for the public sector, the Digital-O-Mat shows. Their opponents the CDU and SPD also see a role for free and open source software, but not exclusively.

The Digital-O-Mat portal has been created by a group of organisations advocating digital open government, including the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), Wikimedia Deutschland, Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland, and Mozilla Deutschland.

Digital topics have been unjustifiably ignored by most parties, the associations explain. In recent months they have approached all the political parties slated in opinion polls to receive more than 5% of the vote, and asked them about their positions. “We received an answer from all the parties, apart from the AfD”, the groups write.

The Digital-O-Mat itself is free software, based on software developed for the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.

The FSFE is currently analysing further responses from parties on the Bundestag ballot. It expects to publish its analysis early next week.

More information:

Digital-O-Mat Bundestag 2017 (in German)
Linux Magazine news item (in German)
OSOR news item