OpenJS Foundation Receives Major Government Investment from Sovereign Tech Fund for Web Security and Stability
Robin Ginn | 02 May 2023
Investment from Sovereign Tech Fund, underwritten by the German government, points to trend in government support for open source software and aims to improve infrastructure and security for critical projects
This is the largest one-time government support investment ever to a Linux Foundation project.
The Sovereign Tech Fund invests in the development, improvement and maintenance of open digital base technologies worldwide.
"Strengthening digital sovereignty is key to ensuring economic growth, self-determination and for protecting our values in a digital world. The sustainability of the open source ecosystem is crucial, and we must understand the support of our digital infrastructure as a public task. Supporting the OpenJS Foundation, a vendor-neutral organization with deep expertise working in these areas, will help infrastructure and security issues on a large scale," said Adriana Groh, co-founder, Sovereign Tech Fund. "We are very excited to be supporting the work of the OpenJS Foundation."
"The goal of digital sovereignty, i.e. the self-determined use and design of digital technologies and systems by individuals, private organizations and the state, cannot be achieved without a robust open source ecosystem," elaborated Fiona Krakenbürger, co-founder, Sovereign Tech Fund. "By supporting a long-term resilient and sustainable open source ecosystem, the development and maintenance of relevant software components can be improved, thus strengthening competitiveness and innovation as well as efficient governance and an empowered civil society."
OpenJS Foundation has also recently received funding from OpenSSF to improve security for Node.js and to reduce potential security incidents for jQuery. To find out more about the OpenJS Foundation and its commitment to infrastructure and security improvements for the open source community, see https://openjsf.org/
To learn more about how you could be a part of the OpenJS Foundation, click here.
About Sovereign Tech Fund
The Sovereign Tech Fund started its support for the development, improvement and maintenance of open digital infrastructures in 2022 with public funds from the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. The goal is the long-term strengthening of digital sovereignty, i.e. the self-determined use of digital technologies and systems by individuals, companies and governments. Its focus lies on security, resilience, technological diversity, and the people behind the code. The projects of the Sovereign Tech Fund are regularly selected according to the proposal of the 2021 feasibility study (available at www.sovereigntechfund.de/en).
About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, hardware, standards, and data. Linux Foundation projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, ONAP, PyTorch, RISC-V, SPDX, OpenChain, and more. The Linux Foundation focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users, and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at linuxfoundation.org. The Linux Foundation has registered trademarks and uses trademarks. For a list of trademarks of The Linux Foundation, please see its trademark usage page: www.linuxfoundation.org/trademark-usage. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.