Jeremy Allison of Google and Terri Molini of Initmarketing, both presenting on behalf of Open Source for America (OSFA), joined us for the first Open Your World Forum. OSFA is organized to advocate for open source technology use in the US Federal government, and represents well over a thousand members, including tech industry leaders, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and academic research institutions.
OSFA is working to centralize the advocacy and messaging around open technologies and has identified the agency procurement process as a central target for reform. In that arena, Allison said, “Open Source for America will help the US government and the agencies understand the benefits they will get by having a level playing field for all software development.”
Michael Tiemann of Red Hat referred to OSFA as filling a vital need, adding that, “Most of our public officials only know what they are told, and there is not a voice telling them our story."