[PublicPolicy] November 2022 Public Policy Updates

Deb Bryant deb.bryant at opensource.org
Tue Nov 1 12:00:00 UTC 2022

Mailman News Public Policy Oct 2022

Hello all and welcome to November 2022.

I wanted to start by saying hello to this group in my first post to the
list since I’ve taken on the role of US policy director for OSI.  You can
read about my joining OSI in my post on OpenSource.org in September.  I am
grateful to OSI for seeing policy work increasingly critical for the open
source ecosystem and its stakeholders. The work in the US complements the
long established work on policy and international standards in Europe by
colleague Simon Phipps.


So then, what’s new? OSI’s own sustainability director Besty Waliszewski is
attending the  All Things Open conference in Raleigh North Carolina this
week.  It gave us pause for organizing our thoughts on our priorities for
her to share with attendees, so I thought I’d send them along to this group
as well as we continue to formalize OSI’s policy program.

Current Focus



   The collision between open standards and open source related to
   standard-essential patents,

   The sustainability of open source software in European government and
   especially the lack of funding for maintenance of critical components
   despite investment in bug-finding, and

   The challenges of ensuring public funds result in public code in an
   environment where tendered outsourcing is the norm.

   The direct and accidental effects on open source of the current wave of
   legislative proposals including DMA and DSA.

  United States


   Implications for open source projects and community downstream of new
   executive orders and proposed legislation on supply chain security.

      Watching Senate Bill 4913 with interest

      Participating in conversations regarding supply chain security and
      implications for the way open source software is developed

   Getting non-profit, public benefit organizations a seat at the table in
   policy development as an underrepresented component of the full open source
   ecosystem, and

   Emerging interest in AI/ML policy

  International Communities


   OSI is bringing together a network of policy practitioners for
   information and resource sharing to address common challenges. The Public
   Policy list is an important element of that intent, as is collaboration
   with public benefit entities with common interest in the health of open

Events: The policy team is beginning to venture out to a handful of
in-person events.  Here’s where you may find us in November:


   Europe Policy and Global Standards - Simon Phipps -
   simon.phipps at opensource.org

      Open Source Experience - Paris

      SFSCon - Bolzano, Italy

      ETSI General Assembly - France

   US Policy- Deborah Bryant deb.bryant at opensource.org

      Linux Foundation Member Summit - California

   Executive Director - Stefano Maffulli stefano at opensource.org

      Linux Foundation Member Summit - California

Coming up: Plans are underway for a legal event in March in Washington
D.C.  If you’re local to the area, please reach out to Deb for information
as plans unfold.


 A Europe fit for the digital age


Digital Services Act


Executive Order 14028 - Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity


US Senate Bill 4913 - Securing Open Source Software Act 2022



Deb Bryant

For the Policy Team

Deborah Bryant
US Policy Director
Board Member Emeritus
Open Source Initiative
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