Francesco Vogelezang

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Francesco is a Policy Analyst at Open Future. He holds a Bachelor in European Studies from Maastricht University. 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 at SciencesPo Paris. 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 this 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 has recently moved to Amsterdam. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing golf and reconnecting to his Dutch language heritage.


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.

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.

AI_Commons Open licensing in the age of AI

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.


The argument against property rights in data. Ensuring access to data though non-exclusive access rights.

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.