OECD Global Forum on Digital Security for Prosperity

Open-source software: opportunities and challenges

Fundamentally based on collaboration, open-source software (OSS) has particular implications for digital security, in terms of both strengths and limitations. However, these are not sufficiently understood by policy makers. Recognising the considerable importance of OSS today, this theme will aim to inform policy makers about OSS security opportunities and challenges and discuss how policy makers can best ensure that cybersecurity policies fully take OSS specificities into account to best reduce digital security risk. This theme will offer an opportunity to engage in a dialogue between experts from open-source communities and digital security policy makers in which they share views on how open-source approaches can best contribute to addressing current digital security challenges.