#future of open

Our goal is for the Open Movement to develop a new, collective strategy. One that takes into account the experience of the last two decades of open, and the changes in the digital ecosystem that have happened in this period.

The new strategy should leverage the principle of openness to design and build systems that maximise the societal benefits of digital resources, while avoiding harms. Doing this requires acknowledging that in some cases openness serves to strengthen power imbalances and is thus not emancipatory as in itself.

The idea of Open Access and free reuse of knowledge and culture continues to be one of the most powerful challenges to the exclusive control by corporations and states over information goods. And openness is a principle on which a vision of a more just and egalitarian digital society can be built.

It is time to define once again what Open means: the normative vision behind sharing and the way value is created. We are doing this work through sensemaking and building new narratives about Open.



Building a social knowledge economy in Ecuador A conversation with Andrés Arauz

December 23, 2021 by: Open Future
For our third Open Future Session, we invited Andrés Arauz – the Minister of Knowledge of Ecuador in the years 2015-2017. Andrés told us how the Ministry established a policy to build a “social knowledge economy”, which translated into multiple actions supporting, in particular, a knowledge commons.

Will financialization of the music industry kill the Public Domain?

December 22, 2021 by: Paul Keller
The financial valuations of major recording artists' catalogues are going though the roof, with Bruce Springsteens right having recently been sold for more than half a billion dollars. One consequence of the ongoing financialization of the music copyright may very well be further pressure on the public domain.

Citizens want open policies Update on the Conference on the Future of Europe

December 13, 2021 by: Francesco Vogelezang
As the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) enters into its next phase with the launch of national and European citizens’ panels, it's time to take stock of the initiative to see how it allows civic perspective to influence policy discussions.

Wikimedia Enterprise A New Part of Free Knowledge Infrastructure

October 27, 2021 by: Open Future
In conversation with Lyam Wyatt and Lane Becker about Wikimedia Enterprise the paid service targeted at commercial users of Wikimedia that was launched on the 26th of October by the Wikimedia Foundation.

A Game with Many Winners? A Conversation with Brewster Kahle

October 7, 2021 by: Open Future
In conversation with Brewster Kahle, the Founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive on the value of openness, twenty years since key ways of doing things in the open were established.

The Conference on the Future of Europe A Prototype of Future Policymaking?

May 27, 2021 by: Alek Tarkowski et al.
The Conference on the Future of Europe–CoFoE–represents an unprecedented democratic exercise bringing mass citizen participation through digital platforms. The Open Movement and other activist organisations should use this opportunity to shape future EU policies.

Press release: Open Future Foundation A new think tank for the Open Movement launched with support from the Arcadia Fund

March 5, 2021 by: Open Future
Today the Open Future Foundation, a new think tank for the open movement, has launched. Open Future’s goal is to strengthen the European advocacy efforts conducted by organisations advocating for open access to knowledge and culture and to ensure that the principles of this open movement are reflected in the European Union’s digital policy framework.


Proposal to leverage Article 17 to build a public repository of Public Domain and openly licensed works.

September 21, 2021 by: Paul Keller
White-paper on how to to leverage Article 17 of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market directive to build a public repository of Public Domain and openly licensed works.

The Paradox of Open Reimagining the role of openness in the digital environment

March 5, 2021 by: Paul Keller et al.
The Paradox of Open is the essay that we published in March 2021 to mark the launch of Open Future. In this essay we reflect on almost 20 years of our involvement in the open movement.


September 21, 2021

Protecting Open Licenses in the EU Copyright Reform at CC Global Summit 2021

December 1, 2021
Presentation of the White Paper: "Proposal to Leverage Art.17 of CDSM Directive to build a public repository of Public Domain and openly licensed works"
September 20, 2021

Future of Open Sessions at CC Global Summit 2021

September 20, 2021
The CC Global Summit is among the events that create the beat of the Open Movement. In this 2021 Summit edition we teamed up with Library Futures, Wikimedia and Invest in Open for a series of interrelated conversations about the Future of Open.
October 29, 2021

Global Congress on Intellectual Property & the Public Interest

August 30, 2021
Workshop on Copyright and the Digital Economy
September 20, 2021

Rethink Design

August 24, 2021
DCODE Summer School 2021: Introducing DCODE challenges, outlining new design ideals for our digital future, and setting the ground for a shared vocabulary.