Strengthening digital infrastructure and open source
It is a declared goal of the German government to strengthen digital sovereignty, i.e., the self-determined use and design of digital technologies and systems by individuals, private organizations and the state. Of particular importance here are the foundational technologies of the Internet, such as digital infrastructures.
Examples of digital infrastructure include code libraries or standardized protocols used by developers to write and test application software. These trusted components ensure that information can be translated freely from user to machine and back again. Available, accessible, and secure digital infrastructure is the foundation for digitalization in the public interest.
The creation of a new funding program specifically for this software domain wouldsupport the development and maintenance of digital infrastructure.
The Sovereign Tech Fund supports the development, scaling and maintenance of digital and foundational technologies. The goal of the fund could be to sustainably strengthen the open source ecosystem, with a focus on security, resilience, technological diversity, and the people behind the code.
In the course of a feasibility study, the needs and possibilities of such a funding program will be examined. The primary goal of such a funding program would be to maintain, scale, and secure digital infrastructure. The open source ecosystem should thus be maintained and strengthened to ensure not only secure and resilient digital infrastructures, but also sustainability and competitiveness in general.
The idea is modeled on the OTF Core Infrastructure Fund and can learn from it as well as other programs, such as the Prototype Fund, and adopt practices that have already been tried and tested.