Open Future is registered as a Stichting (Foundation) in the Netherlands (KVK registration number 80732453). It is run by the executive board (Bestuur) consisting of Paul Keller and Alek Tarkowski. The Executive Board operates under the supervision of the supervisory board currently consisting of Bregtje van der Haak, Martin Senftleben (Chair) and Renata Avila. The statutes of the organisation are available in Dutch (official version) and English (unofficial translation). Open Future is registered in the EU transparency register under the registration number 936143941653-07.
In this section we will publish our annual reports. We are currently in the first year of operations and expect to publish the our first annual report covering the period from 1 October 2020 to 31 December 2021 in January of 2022.
Open Future is supported by the Open Access Programme of the Arcadia Fund through a four year, €1 million grant running from 2020 – 2024. Arcadia’s open access programme supports work that “improves access to human knowledge and helps make information free for anyone, anywhere to access and use, now and in the future.” Arcadia is a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. It supports charities and scholarly institutions that preserve cultural heritage and the environment. Arcadia also supports projects that promote open access and all of its awards are granted on the condition that any materials produced are made available for free online. Since 2002, Arcadia has awarded more than $777 million to projects around the world.
Open Future receives support from the Information Programme of the Open Society Foundations through a one-year (2021 – 2022) €210.000 grant. The Open Society Foundations, founded by George Soros, are the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights. The Information Program supports those who seek new methods to understand and respond to the technological changes that affect people’s basic rights.
Much of our work happens as part of networks and in collaboration with others. Open Future is a part of the following organisations and networks.
Open Future is one of the core members of the the COMMUNIA Association for the Public Domain. COMMUNIA is a Brussels-based network that advocates for policies that expand the public domain and increase access to and re-use of culture and knowledge. Paul Keller currently serves as President of the COMMUNIA association.
Open Future is an affiliate member of EDRi, the biggest European network defending rights and freedoms online. The EDRi network is a dynamic and resilient collective of 45+ NGOs, as well as experts, advocates and academics working to defend and advance digital rights across Europe and beyond.
Open Future is part of the SDEPS coalition. SDEPS is a coalition of organisations and initiatives united in their desire to build a Shared Digital European Public Sphere (SDEPS) and advocating for public digital infrastructures that are based on democratic values and can be used and shaped by public institutions and civic initiatives.