The United States is currently working on an Infrastructure Act which will be funded to the tune of 760 billion dollars. https://twitter.com/jdorfman/status/1411750580272308226?s=20
Unfortunately, open-source technology such as curl and Python will not see a cent from that bill. Open source is the infrastructure of the web, and legislators fail to see the importance of funding open source. But we also fail to show up and comment on legislation or give our local representative a call.
In the future, we want open-source projects to receive government funding, but that’s not going to happen unless we start getting politically active.
We ought to hire a political science intern to help us understand when laws are being proposed. The intern will help us
- keep current on proposed legislation
- call political representatives
- comment on proposed legislation
This is very American-centric, but I’m sure that we can in the future hire and mentor interns from other areas of the world.
In terms of funding, I don’t mind putting up some money to pay the intern but would love it if other companies and organizations chipped in.