Open Source in Russia: To Be or Not to Be?
Several wide-ranging digital transformation projects are currently under way in Russia. Their aim is to make the economy more competitive, and improve interaction between government bodies and the public. However, open-source code is going virtually ignored. According to a Red Hat report, open source’s share stands at less than 1%. This is in stark contrast to the US, where it stands at 23%, and China, where it stands at 10%. What might be the economic benefit of a policy aiming to facilitate the spread of open-source products and platforms? Could the process of creating Russian platforms and integrating them in the global network pave the way for a breakthrough in IT and in economic leadership? How should open-source software be employed to address import substitution and import dependency challenges?
Ilya Massukh, Director, Competence Centre for the Import Substitution of Information and Communication Technologies
Marco Berkovich, Regional Manager, Europe, GitHub
Alexander Galitsky, Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Almaz Capital
Arkady Dvorkovich, Chairman, Skolkovo Foundation
Maxim Parshin, Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation
Bill Poucher, ACM Fellow Professor of Computer Science, Baylor University
Front row participants
Pavel Gontarev, Managing Director, Mail.ru Digital Technologies
Alexander Krainov, Director of AI Technology Development, Yandex
Yury Maksimov, General Director, Positive Technologies