The Brazillian Official Gazette has a fortunate surprise for free software supporters today.
Medida Provisória 938 (Temporary Order) establishes that all branches and levels of government in Brazil must license its information and communication systems as open source (Article 8).
Why is this important? See the Public Money, Public Code campaign from @fsfe
The text might not be ideal, but it's a definite improvement. If you speak Portuguese, you can discuss it here
Temporary Orders are effective immediately, but must be voted by congress in 60 days, extensible for more 60 days.
Let's hope and act so that this landmark achievement is maintained when voted in the Brazilian congress!
Here's the text in English explaining how Temporary Orders work in Brazil:
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