Article: On the right side of the game: how open source is making digital laggards catch up

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On the right side of the game: how open source is making digital laggards catch up

“When it comes to the digitisation of public processes and services, and smart cities is part of that, Germany is at least five years behind the rest of Europe.” That is the FIWARE Foundation CEO’s Ulrich Ahle’s blunt assessment of his native country’s standing in the smart cities market, despite its engineering heritage.

He points to the European Commission’s Digital Economy and Social Index, which ranked Germany 21st when it came to digital public services provision last year. “And you can imagine there are not too many countries after that,” he adds drily.

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