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As Gartner have pointed out, many open source solutions are actually more secure than closed source solutions and thus may even be a better fit in the government sector. Their analyst John Pescatore puts it succinctly
There is a myth out there that because the bad guys see the code, there are more vulnerabilities… But the truth is that the better predictor of robust code is whether security was a top priority during the development cycle or just an afterthought.
In his opinion, and mine, the security argument against open source is a dead issue. Surely this is the way to procure a national identity management scheme. Make the specifications and interfaces open and let anyone who wants to develop new products that use it. This way, not only would the “identity utility” get built in to products and services in valuable (and unexpected) ways but the scrutiny would afford greater comfort to citizens and government alike.
These opinions are my own (I think) and are presented solely in my capacity as an interested member of the general public [posted with ecto]