Article: Spain shares its Covid-19 app as open source following appeal from scientists

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Spain shares its Covid-19 app as open source following appeal from scientists

Earlier this month, Spain published as open source the code for its Covid-19 track and trace application. Publication of the source code came just a few days after an online manifesto gathered more than one hundred signatures from academics and researchers at universities across the country. The manifesto calls on the government to “implement open processes to allow society to participate.”

The manifesto, now signed by 235 scientists, explains that the Covid application (entitled Radar Covid) is an example of a new generation of public infrastructure. Such an infrastructure requires the “publication of documentation and code to be scrutinised by the scientific community and civil society, to let them identify areas for improvement, contribute to development, and deploy democratic, inclusive digital solution that conform to the highest standards.”

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