Israeli Government Shifting Its Software Code to Open Source

The move means its software code will be available to anyone to use and modify. The U.S., Britain and France have already taken similar steps

A developer works on code during the Facebook F8 Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, April 30, 2014.
Bloomberg

The Israeli government will gradually shift its software code to open source, meaning that it will be available to members of the public to use and modify the software, point out vulnerabilities and propose improvements. It will also be available for use in development apps.

The move follows a cabinet resolution to that effect from October 2014 and directives to all government ministries on the issue have been completed are now in effect.

The resolution applies to the government’s main web portal, gov.il, but other government services are also being encouraged to open their source code. The rationale is that the code was developed at public expense and should therefore be accessible to members of the public.

Other countries, including the United States, France and United Kingdom have taken similar steps. For his part, open source consultant Lior Kaplan expressed concern, however, that it will to some extent remain policy on paper that will not be fully implemented.