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.
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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”
Get on the (Hacker) Bus.
I recently returned from the Thirteenth International Forum for Free Software (FISL) in Porto Alegre Brazil. With an attendance of about 8,000 this year, it is the largest tech conference in South America and likely the largest free/open source conference in the world. I was fortunate to have attended representing OSI and presented a keynoteContinue reading “Get on the (Hacker) Bus.”
US Gov Memo Spells Out Open Source Inclusion in Federal Acquisition
First the musings: Because I’ve been involved with open source adoption in Government nearly since Al Gore invented the Internet, I get a lot of questions about what the White House is thinking about Open Source. Joking aside, this has been present on people’s minds since the new administration took office. For those familiar withContinue reading “US Gov Memo Spells Out Open Source Inclusion in Federal Acquisition”
Government Open Source Conference DC Call for Speakers is open
The June 23, 2009 Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) DC Call for Speakers is now open! The conference will include one day of intense GOSCON program content, exciting keynotes, lightening-round sessions, rich opportunities to network with peers. Topics include: Open Source in the Enterprise Sustainability Policy Open Collaboration & Federal Grants Open Health IT- VerticalContinue reading “Government Open Source Conference DC Call for Speakers is open”
Open source gaining traction in U.S. government
Quantifying what the rest of us have known intuitively for some time; more than half US agencies have adopted some form of open source software, according to a Federal Open Source Alliance (FOSA) survey just released. The top rationale for not adopting open-source software was organizational reluctance to change, according to the survey. This reflectsContinue reading “Open source gaining traction in U.S. government”