"The EU’s #NGI programme has supported free, open source software for years. But now a silent death seems to be looming: An internal document suggests that financing may soon end. Developers are surprised and call for the programme’s survival."https://netzpolitik.org/2024/next-generation-internet-eu-apparently-set-to-end-open-source-programme/#softwarefreedom

Your attention please:

Maybe you've never heard about it but since 2020, the Next Generation Internet programs, a sub-branch of the European Commission’s Horizon Europe program, have been cascading funding (via @nlnet calls) open source software in Europe. The massive fundings have enabled a great deal of free software development in recent years, and all without too many constraints (with too few transparency and monitoring, though… which urgently needs to be improved). Unfortunately, these NGI programs seem to have been withdrawn from the next round of Horizon Europe fundings to give priority to AI bullshit.

As a result, we’ve been invited to contact the National Contact Points, Horizon Europe’s national representatives, to express our concern and the importance of maintaining public funding for free software. With this in mind, we wrote an open letter at Petites Singularités and thought it would make sense to fork it out with Hackstub and ARN in Strasbourg for the French NCP to get other French-speaking free software orgas to sign. I’m thinking in particular of the software that has benefited from this funding, such as Yunohost, but also of the Kittens that use this same software.

We can also announce that this topic will be part of the central theme of the next #OFFDEM in Brussels, on the first weekend of February 2025. There's not yet an exact title, but we’ll be discussing financing and community structuring for free software over the next few years.

If you want to sign the french-speaking version of this letter, there's a pad for it: https://pad.public.cat/lettre-NCP-NGI

#ngi#publicMoneyPublicCode #floss

Votre attention SVP:

Peut-être que ça vous a échappé mais depuis 2020, les programmes Next Generation Internet, sous-branche du programme Horizon Europe de la Commission Européenne, financent en cascade le logiciel libre en Europe (via les appels de @nlnet). C’est un financement massif qui a permis de nombreux développement de logiciels libres ces dernières années et le tout sans trop de contraintes (avec trop peu de transparence et de suivi par ailleurs… ce qui est vraiment relou en soi mais qui doit être amélioré). Malheureusement ce programme semble être retiré des prochains financements prévus par Horizon Europe à la faveur de l’“IA”.

Du coup on est invité à contacter les National Contact Points, représentants nationaux de Horizon Europe, pour leur faire part de notre mécontentement et de l’importance de maintenir des financements publics pour le logiciel libre. Dans cette optique, on a écrit une lettre ouverte au sein des Petites Singularités et on se disait que ça ferait sens de la forker avec Hackstub et ARN pour le NCP français faire signer par d’autres orgas du logiciel libre francophone. Je pense notamment aux logiciels qui ont bénéficié de ces financements comme Yunohost, mais aussi aux Chatons qui utilisent ces mêmes logiciels.

Par ailleurs, je peux d’ores et déjà vous annoncer que ce sujet fera partie du thème central de la prochaine édition du #OFFDEM à Bruxelles, le premier weekend de février 2025. On n’a pas encore de titre exact mais il s’agira de discuter de financement et des structurations communautaires du logiciel libre pour les prochaines années.

Si vous souhaitez signer la lettre, merci de la publier sur votre site et de compléter le tableau au bas de ce pad : https://pad.public.cat/lettre-NCP-NGI

#ngi#publicMoneyPublicCode #floss

Your attention please:

Maybe you've never heard about it but since 2020, the Next Generation Internet programs, a sub-branch of the European Commission’s Horizon Europe program, have been cascading funding (via @nlnet calls) open source software in Europe. The massive fundings have enabled a great deal of free software development in recent years, and all without too many constraints (with too few transparency and monitoring, though… which urgently needs to be improved). Unfortunately, these NGI programs seem to have been withdrawn from the next round of Horizon Europe fundings to give priority to AI bullshit.

As a result, we’ve been invited to contact the National Contact Points, Horizon Europe’s national representatives, to express our concern and the importance of maintaining public funding for free software. With this in mind, we wrote an open letter at Petites Singularités and thought it would make sense to fork it out with Hackstub and ARN in Strasbourg for the French NCP to get other French-speaking free software orgas to sign. I’m thinking in particular of the software that has benefited from this funding, such as Yunohost, but also of the Kittens that use this same software.

We can also announce that this topic will be part of the central theme of the next #OFFDEM in Brussels, on the first weekend of February 2025. There's not yet an exact title, but we’ll be discussing financing and community structuring for free software over the next few years.

If you want to sign the french-speaking version of this letter, there's a pad for it: https://pad.public.cat/lettre-NCP-NGI

#ngi#publicMoneyPublicCode #floss