#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.



Developing, maintaining and caring for new structures A conversation with Julia Kloiber

June 22, 2022 by: Open Future
For our eighth Open Future Session, we invited Julia Kloiber, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Superrr Lab, to learn more about how the feminist perspective can enrich thinking about openness.

Meet Zuzanna Warso, the new Director of Research

June 9, 2022 by: Open Future
Zuzanna Warso is the Director of Research at Open Future. In this role, she will manage all the research activities, including further developing our research agenda and our fellowship program.

Open Climate: an opportunity for the Open Movement to reimagine itself A conversation with the Open Climate Community

May 12, 2022 by: Open Future
For the 7th Open Future session, we invited the convenors of the Open Climate community to discuss how working on climate and sustainability issues is also a chance for the open movement to reimagine itself.

Live from Luxembourg The CJEU opens up and starts streaming

April 25, 2022 by: Paul Keller
Last week the Court of Justice of the European Union finally decided to embrace the possibilities offered by the Internet and to start streaming hearings and judgements. Paul argues that this is an important step towards more openness and transparency of Europe's highest court.

Care, not extraction A Conversation with Anna Mazgal and Alejandro Mayoral Banos

March 29, 2022 by: Open Future
For our sixth Open Future Session, we invited Anna Mazgal, Senior EU Policy Advisor at Wikimedia DE, and Alejandro Mayoral Baños, activist and Director of the Indigenous Friends Association (IFA), to talk about online "care protocols" and how the open movement addresses the harms perpetrated in the platform ecosystem. 

Re-opening the internet DMA proposal mandates interoperability of messaging services

March 25, 2022 by: Alek Tarkowski
The final DMA proposal mandates that messaging services meeting the definition of "large gatekeeper platforms" will need to become interoperable. As a result, these key types of services will shift from a collection of “walled gardens” controlled by their owners to a connected — more open — ecosystem.

Introducing our Policy Observatory Tracking policy files to advance openness and contribute to a digital public space

March 15, 2022 by: Open Future
We are launching a Policy Observatory to track the policy files that have the potential to advance openness and to contribute to a digital public space, maximizing the societal benefits of shared data, knowledge and culture.

We need to be democratic first, and then open A conversation with Olivier Schulbaum

March 3, 2022 by: Open Future
For our fifth Open Future Session, we invited Olivier Schulbaum, co-founder, President and Head of R&D of Platoniq, to talk about political user experiences within of the digital platformization of the solidarity economy.

Open source is unavoidable: open source policies and digital sovereignty A conversation with Mike Linksvayer

January 27, 2022 by: Open Future
For our fourth Open Future Session, we invited Mike Linksvayer, Head Developer Policy at Github, to talk about open source and sovereignty.

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.


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.