An open digital strategy for post-Covid 19

The CNLL (French National Council for Open Source Software) contributed to a call launched in April 2020 by France Stratégie to draft a proposal based on the analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis in the digital sector and the lines of action to support the economic recovery in the “after”.

The questions posed by France Stratégie were:

Practically overnight, millions of employees or self-employed people switched to teleworking, millions of people switched to distance learning or teleconsultation: never before would such a development have occurred so quickly and on such a scale. Overnight, too, a thousand forms of online sociability have developed. All this, not without inequalities: in digital skills, equipment and access to networks. What will remain?

These major changes in social life could only happen because the infrastructure has generally held up. But this situation also makes it necessary to re-examine its robustness, its capacity to carry considerably increased volumes of activity, and to withstand technical risks and deliberate attacks. It is indeed a question of creating the conditions for real digital sovereignty and reassessing our dependence on the major globalized platforms.

Summary of the CNLL contribution:

Since its creation in 2010, the CNLL, federation of free software and open digital companies in France, represents a force of proposal to the public authorities. This document proposes eight lines of action to facilitate the exit strategy from the COVID-19 crisis, the economic recovery, and the ability to respond to future crises. The CNLL also adresses strategic challenges in the digital sector, based on the capabilities and fundamental values of free software, open source and open digital:

  • Creating an Individual Right to Contribute (IRC) to free projects
  • Supporting companies that implement open innovation strategies
  • Maintain and finance key software for digital infrastructure as a public good
  • Improving digital sovereignty by giving real priority to free software, particularly from French and European open source publishers.
  • Enhance the sovereignty of the Cloud by promoting open standards, transparent approaches, interoperability and data protection.
  • Improve access to hardware and software by building on the values of openness and inclusiveness of open source software.
  • Provide more and better training in and through open source software, and generalize MOOC-type platforms.
  • Take into account interoperability and the phenomena of open innovation and collaborative development in public procurement.

The complete document is available here (french only at this stage).