The Linux Foundation adds 7 projects to combat racial injustice

The Linux Foundation is adding seven open source projects aimed at pooling open source software expertise to promote racial justice to its Call for Code initiative.

Call for Code was established in 2018 to bring together technical resources and expertise from partners like David Clark Cause, the Linux Foundation, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, IBM, and IBM subsidiary Red Hat to confront big social problems like climate change through a set of global challenges.

In October 2020, Call for Code for Racial Justice was established in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others to focus those same resources on pushing for police and judicial reform, encouraging diverse representation in tech, and promoting broad policy and legislation reform.

That effort led to more than 200 ideas, which have been whittled down to seven projects, all of which will be hosted by the Linux Foundation. “When Call for Code for Racial Justice was established, we wanted to ensure they also became part of the Linux Foundation platform to tap into and get exposure to more of that open source community,” Ruth Davis, director of Call for Code at IBM told InfoWorld.

By leveraging the foundation’s massive global open source community, Call for Code hopes to pool resources, expertise, and diverse perspectives to confront issues contributing towards racial injustice. “When we look at systemic racism, it is not just US-based, so to have all of that perspective from across the open source community makes such a difference here,” Davis said.

Of those seven projects, two are being opened up to the wider community: Fair Change and TakeTwo.

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