[PublicPolicy] Government Open Source Advocates

JOUBERT Laurent laurent.joubert at modernisation.gouv.fr
Wed May 27 18:23:06 UTC 2020

Dear Patrick,

Thank you very much for creating the list. Shimon, thank you very much for your message.

I work for the French government at the DINUM (direction interministérielle du numérique, https://numerique.gouv.fr  inter-agency digital services).

Regarding open-source specifically, I would like to point out our following initiatives:

-        The open-source contribution policy, developed through the open-government partnership with many other countries :

o   https://www.numerique.gouv.fr/publications/politique-logiciel-libre/ that officially delegates the authority to joint FSF and OSI for open-source licenses in the perimeter.

o   In English: https://disic.github.io/politique-de-contribution-open-source/introduction.en

o   And the link on github if you would like to copy / contribute : https://github.com/disic/politique-de-contribution-open-source

-        The open-source code we develop: https://code.etalab.gouv.fr/

o   With a partnership with the Software Heritage initiative : https://www.softwareheritage.org/?lang=en

-        Open-source software catalog recommended by the French administration: https://sill.etalab.gouv.fr/fr/software

-        Our internal incubator that develops exclusively open-source software : https://beta.gouv.fr/startups/

-        The #BlueHats community where we try to gather civil servants, NGO, IGO and private companies working on public interest open-source software (only in French)

-        There is one project in particular that I would like to share regarding secure instant messaging based on RIOT.im / Matrix for which we believe there could be a strong interest for international cooperation:  https://github.com/dinsic-pim

Lastly we were also in charge of elaborating the digital republic law that encourages open-source software and clearly lists source code as an “administrative document” so that it can be officially released publicly under existing open-date laws.

Please feel free to contact me directly at +33 6 701 701 78 if you have any questions. It would be a pleasure to identify common initiatives we could work on, or work on common difficulties we could face.

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