Thanks to Measured Voice
One big problem we have in getting government to use new technology is the Terms of Service problem. See, unlike you and me, government employees can’t just “click through” a legally binding contract without reading it. Instead, if you want to buy something, you’ve got to have your counsel read through the Terms, and often, negotiate with the service providing the terms.
That’s why for a lot of small businesses, it’s good to have some kind of standardized terms. Eventually, we want to get to the point where Counsel says “oh, I’ve seen these terms before. It’s fine.”
We love MeasuredVoice – they’re out there selling, working on solving a hard problem (helping government listen better) and, like us, working on stuff that matters. So when we noticed that they had developed their own Terms with GSA, we asked if we could steal them. And they oblidged. They even put it up on github.
So now we’ve got something we can work with – a template, a place to start. Let’s work together to craft a terms document that works for everybody, so we can focus on what we do best – making great software.
Clay is the chairman and co-founder of The Department of Better Technology.