Francesco Vogelezang

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Francesco is a Policy Analyst at Open Future. He holds a Bachelor in European Studies from Maastricht University, with a minor in European and International law. He graduated with summa cum laude from SciencesPo Paris where he obtained a Master’s degree in European Affairs with a specialization in Digital, New Technology & Public Policy. He wrote a Master thesis on the intersection of online campaigning and politics by investigating whether Facebook use by populist parties constitutes an electoral weapon for their growing success in Europe.

Before joining Open Future, Francesco interned as an external consultant at the OECD Directorate of Science, Technology & Innovation. Likewise, he interned in the Tech for Good department at Nesta Italia and at the ALDA headquarters in the Council of Europe.

In addition, Francesco has previous experience in project leadership as he worked as a Topic Manager for Student Forum Maastricht, where he guided the drafting process of a policy proposal to the European Commission on public sector digitization. Similarly, he was the co-lead of the Digital Democracy cycle of the Institute for Internet & the Just Society where he managed pro-bono research projects on issues related to internet governance.

Finally, as of last year, Francesco became a fellow at the Datasphere Initiative, a research program incubated by the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network covering a variety of topics spanning from global data governance frameworks and the free flow of data.

Francesco is currently based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In his free time, he enjoys reading, running, playing golf and (trying to) reconnect with his Dutch language heritage.



A first look at the European health data space proposal

June 17, 2022 by: Francesco Vogelezang
Analysis of the EHDS proposal, which includes B2G data sharing rules for electronic health data. These might lead to legal uncertainty due to the lack of coordination with the B2G provisions included in the Data Act.

A community-based approach for high-value datasets

June 13, 2022 by: Francesco Vogelezang
The Indian approach to data governance provides a framework that helps maximize the collective benefits stemming from data access and reuse in the public interest. In the EU, it could be applied to data intermediaries and data cooperatives, providing an approach to collective governance of data rights while avoiding the recentralization of market power.

Four questions for the European strategy for data

April 12, 2022 by: Francesco Vogelezang
This note assesses the interconnectedness of the GDPR respectively with the Data Governance Act and Data Act, shedding light on the different inconsistencies between the two acts and the GDPR that risk hindering the overarching objective of the European strategy for data.

Interoperability in current policy files

March 11, 2022 by: Francesco Vogelezang
This research note provides a closer look at the EU legislative initiatives implementing data interoperability within the European Strategy for Data.

A closer look at data intermediaries and the risk of platformization

March 1, 2022 by: Francesco Vogelezang
The Data Governance Act risks leading to the growth of for-profit data intermediation services and centralizing market power even further. One way to avoid this is to provide stronger support for commons-based data governance.

Exploring design solutions for AI_Commons

February 18, 2022 by: Francesco Vogelezang
As part of the AI_Commons research activity, Open Future partnered with Aniek Kampeneers to investigate how design concepts for consent practices can provide an added layer of protection for users’ privacy in the online sphere.

Rethinking value in data sharing for B2G in the public interest

January 28, 2022 by: Francesco Vogelezang
The value and use stemming from data sharing are conceptualized around a market logic, despite the collective societal benefits derived from society-wide access. The Data Act offers an opportunity to change this by attributing a public interest function to data sharing between the private and public sector.

Citizens want open policies

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.

The Conference on the Future of Europe

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.


April 29, 2021 by: Francesco Vogelezang et al.
Openly licensed photographs of faces have been broadly used for the training of AI facial recognition systems. This is widely presented as an example of corporate extraction of value from the commons, yet no policy or governance solution has been provided to this challenge.


Public data commons

May 24, 2022 by: Alek Tarkowski et al.
This policy brief presents a model for public-interest B2G data sharing, aimed to complement the current proposal of the Data Act. The proposal includes the creation of the European Public Data Commons, a body that acts as a recipient and clearinghouse for the data made available. 

Data Act: Business to Government Data Sharing

February 23, 2022 by: Francesco Vogelezang et al.
Policy brief on the provisions dealing with Business to Government Data Sharing in the European Commissions proposal for a Data Act that was published on 23 February 2022.

Data Act: Interoperability and Data Sharing Services

February 23, 2022 by: Alek Tarkowski et al.
Policy brief on the provisions dealing with Interoperability and Data Sharing services in the European Commissions proposal for a Data Act that was published on 23 February 2022.

Data act: Access to Data

February 23, 2022 by: Paul Keller et al.
Policy brief on the provisions dealing with Access to Data and Data Portability in the European Commissions proposal for a Data Act that was published on 23 February 2022.

The argument against property rights in data

December 10, 2021 by: Alek Tarkowski et al.
In this policy brief we review the EU policy debate on access and use of data in view of the upcoming Data Act. We provide arguments against the introduction of new property rights–including the sui generis database right–in favor of strengthening data access rights.

The Data Governance Act: Five opportunities for the Data Commons

June 23, 2021 by: Francesco Vogelezang et al.
In this policy brief, we present five issues related to the proposal for the Data Governance Act (DGA) that are crucial to achieve the policy goal of building Data Commons in the European Union.