Happy 18th Birthday, Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Today, while those of us deeply involved in the open source ecosystem have heard increasing discussion in Washington DC of open source’s relationship in critical supply chain concerns within the software industry, its easy to miss that the US government has historically viewed open source not only an asset for rapid innovation and flexibility, it has also been considered a cyber asset.

Leaning into Public Policy for the Open Source Initiative

I’m pleased to share the news that I’ve accepted a role as US Policy Director for the Open Source Initiative (OSI). A bit of back story – up to the 2019 Pandemic, the OSI’s board of directors had for many years met twice yearly in person. In 2012 I floated the idea of creating anContinue reading “Leaning into Public Policy for the Open Source Initiative”

Call for Participation: State and Local Government Study on Open Source Adoption

If you’re a U.S. State or Local technology professional with experience in open source software for your organization, your participation is being sought for a national study. The interviews will be used to develop and publish a Best Practices and Lessons Learned report for state and local government. The analysis will also help inform FederalContinue reading “Call for Participation: State and Local Government Study on Open Source Adoption”

Happy Tenth Anniversary OSL

This evening Oregon State University Open Source Lab gathered staff, students and friends to celebrate their tenth anniversary.  Was great to see the crew, and exciting to hear about their direction for the next decade.  Their quiet and critical support of community open source projects continues.  Drop in on their web site, and if you’reContinue reading “Happy Tenth Anniversary OSL”

NASA Open Source Agreement (NOSA) license: Good Start

From time to time I give talks, often to government folks or folks that do business with government, about open source licenses and building communities across industry boundaries.  A number of years ago NASA blazed new trails for the US federal government when they submitted their custom open source license and was successful in havingContinue reading “NASA Open Source Agreement (NOSA) license: Good Start”