India is on the path of rapid digitisation of its public service delivery infrastructure, ostensibly building on the country’s history of encouraging Open Source Software (OSS) use by the government. If built in a sustainable, rights respecting manner, on principles of openness, transparency, and accountability, digital public infrastructure can be immensely useful, and help reduce inequality in access to government services.
The Digital Infrastructure Project project seeks to analyse the extent to which Open Source Software (OSS) principles are being incorporated into the development of public digital infrastructure for provision of government services in India, the challenges being faced in implementation, and the potential best practices that can be adopted by the Indian government. Through a combination of policy analysis, stakeholder interviews, and review of global best practises, DIP offers the first comprehensive assessment of the Indian government’s use of OSS in public digital infrastructure.
The project is funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Omidyar Network and the Mozilla Open Source Support Program in collaboration with the Open Collective Foundation.
All research undertaken as part of this project will be made available open access on our website towards the end of 2022 and will be freely available for other researchers to rely on with attribution.
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