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Time to Adopt the Brazilian Model of Public Software?

COMPUTERWORLDUK -  A couple of weeks ago, the innocuously-named “Public Administration Committee” of the House of Commons published a rather more surprisingly-named report entitled “Government and IT- "A Recipe For Rip-Offs": Time For A New Approach”. That's pretty much all you need to know - it basically says most of the things many of us have been moaning about in the field of UK IT procurement for years, but with rather more authority.

However, just because people have finally dared to name the problem doesn't mean that it will go away. Already, there's a backlash against the backlash, and the danger is that after a little righteous indignation, things will slowly sink back to the status quo of big consultancies using little or no free software in their bids and implementations.

So how can we address this perennial problem? Perhaps we need to stop banging our heads against the same rather thick brick wall, and take a completely different approach. Maybe we could learn from other governments that don't seem to have the same problems - like that of Brazil, for example.