Open Source

Open source community helps responders improve rescue operations

The open source Emergency Response Demo is a “call for aid” application that supports evacuation efforts in hurricane-ravaged areas by helping disaster response officials monitor rescue efforts and match volunteers with boats to people who need evacuation.

DARPA's plan for a US-friendly 5G network

Defense Advanced Research and Projects Agency aims to develop a secure, open-source, standards-compliant network stack for 5G networking.

The way America votes is broken. In one rural county, a nonprofit showed a way forward.

In Mississippi last week, a seamless performance by a new set of voting machines took place amid widespread anxiety about election integrity.

Saving time, money and trees

ZDOCS has allowed the small zoning office to transform operations, save money and free workers to focus on more important tasks.

AI-enabled drone maps disaster victims' location, need

DroneAid uses visual recognition to detect and count SOS icons on the ground from drone video streams and automatically plots the emergency needs on a map for first responders.

Let freedom and innovation ring

Open source technology offers agencies the freedom of choice they need to effectively innovate their way out of their current challenges, incrementally and at their own pace.

Is open source the key to secure election infrastructure?

Some organizations are working to create a foundation of election-related technology that can be used and improved over time through crowdsourced testing.

Microsoft unwraps open-source election security tools

ElectionGuard, an open-source software development kit, aims to make voting more secure, accessible and efficient by enabling end-to-end verification of elections.

Opening supercomputing to all agencies

The combination of the hybrid cloud and Linux containers makes high-performance computing attainable –- even for organizations without the budget or supercomputing expertise inherent in larger agencies.

Keeping the lights on when the grid takes a hit

The open-source Severe Contingency Solver software can help government agencies better plan for power outages caused by extreme events.

DARPA tackles election security

The Defense research agency is exploring the feasibility of locking down election systems with open-source software and secure hardware.

Digital forensics for large-scale networks

With a new collection of open-source tools and code wrappers, network forensic investigators can capture, selectively analyze and reconstruct files from network traffic. The all-in-one toolkit is free for law enforcement teams in the U.S.

California launches open-source code site

Code California is a central platform for finding and sharing state government open-source software projects.

Reducing risk at the endpoint: A practical framework

As agencies migrate to the cloud, they can improve security of their endpoint devices by considering a secure Linux OS and centralized management.

Volunteer disaster response websites grow up

Code for America's disaster response websites get spun up faster with each storm season.

A platform for innovation: NASA’s DIY robot

ROV-E is an open-source project that high school science classes and others interested in engineering can use to build robots themselves.

Open-source hardware could defend against the next generation of hacking

When devices' designs and components are open for public view, downstream customers could verify the security themselves.