For years, Facebook has been an active contributor to the world of open source. It has been an active participant in Linux kernel development, employing key developers and maintainers across major kernel subsystems. In a move to further boost its open source investments, the social networking company has now joined the Linux Foundation at the highest level.
Facebook’s sponsorship of open innovation through the Linux Foundation will help support an estimated $16 billion in development costs of the world’s 100+ leading open source projects.
The company is also already the lead contributor of many Linux Foundation-hosted projects, such as Presto, GraphQL, Osquery and ONNX.
As a Platinum member of the Linux Foundation, Facebook’s Kathy Kam joins the LF board. Kathy is head of Open Source at Facebook where she manages the Open Source Engineering, Developer Advocacy, and Open Source Program Management teams. Kathy is a 20-year engineering, product management, and developer relations leader previously with Google and Microsoft.
Facebook is said to create a unique dataset of over 100,000 videos and launched the Deepfake Detection Challenge in order to accelerate development of new ways to detect deepfake videos. This open, collaborative effort will help the industry and society at large meet the challenge presented by deepfake technology and help everyone better assess the legitimacy of content they see online.
In working with Github to sponsor the first-ever remote open source fellowship run by Major League Hacking, Facebook also hopes to create a trend of empowering diverse open source contributors.