La France aime l’open source

French gov­ern­ment chooses Ma­trix and Riot as the ba­sis for its se­cure in­stant mes­sen­ger app.

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Apri­vate col­lec­tion of Ma­trix home­servers will span the French gov­ern­ment as it de­vel­ops a fork of Riot.im ( https://about.riot.im) the se­cure open source in­stant mes­sag­ing ser­vice. The fork will be used as a ba­sis for its own of­fi­cial se­cure com­mu­ni­ca­tions client, re­plac­ing

What­sApp and Tele­gram. As the Ma­trix team notes in the blog­post ( http://bit.ly/ma­trix-riot) an­nounc­ing the news, “Ma­trix’s de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion and end-toend en­cryp­tion is a per­fect fit for in­tra- and in­ter-gov­ern­men­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tion.”

Com­bined with the news ( above) about the Ger­man gov­ern­ment us­ing Nextcloud, it’s another great ex­am­ple of a pub­lic body see­ing FOSS as a means to cre­ate af­ford­able soft­ware and ser­vices that are open to their cit­i­zens.

Ac­cord­ing to the gov­ern­ment’s press re­lease, the drive to cre­ate this open and se­cure in­stant mes­sag­ing tool was led by the In­ter­min­is­te­rial Depart­ment of State Digital, In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Sys­tems (DINSIC), and it’s de­vel­oped by New Vec­tor, a Franco-Bri­tish startup. Not only will it be used by the French gov­ern­ment, but it’s also be­ing looked at by other coun­tries, such as the Nether­lands and Canada. Ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease, there’s al­ready been three months of de­vel­op­ment and the tool is ex­pected to be rolled out dur­ing the sum­mer.

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