With a tech-corporate culture fraught with Move-Fast-and-Break-Things innuendos, it comes as no surprise that being «imbued with the power and confidence» that you can do no wrong is highly rewarded. And it is a boy’s thing, or at least this is what the NYT believes: «it’s almost always a him», quoth the journalist, who happens to be a she.
I strongly share @gvdr’s concerns. The documentation alone, albeit undoubtedly a first step, is not enough any more: not with a release deadline for the executable app so close in time.
Making the code available as early in the process as possible (i.e., NOW), is sensible for two reasons:
- there do exist a legal requirement by art. 69 of the Italian Codice dell’Amministrazione Digitale, as well as mandatory compliance with the Guidelines published by AGID
- this is a legit case for open innovation: releasing the code is a good way of summoning the relevant communities both in Italy and abroad, which will be happy to provide suggestions and improvements not just on the wording of a few sentences in the documentation itself but on functional and non-functional requirements, design, code quality, privacy- and security-related vulnerabilities, inclusiveness and accessibility and so forth.
As Immuni ultimately amounts to a policy implementation, I expect transparency and openness to be pivotal. What the Italian government should not do in any case is to destroy mutual trust with all involved stakesholders.
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