Alignment Assembly on AI and the Commons

February 1, 2024 by: Shannon Y Hong
Open Future is hosting an asynchronous, virtual alignment assembly for the open movement to explore principles and considerations for regulating generative AI. We hope to reach 500 participants, spread across different fields of open and coming from different regions of the world.

AI and the Commons: building AI datasets for the future

February 16, 2024 by: Alicja Peszkowska
At our first 2024 AI and the Commons Community Call, we were joined by Eryk Salvaggio, an interdisciplinary researcher, lecturer, and artist who works with digital media and AI.

Insights from The Case for a Big EU OSS Fund Panel

February 14, 2024 by: Zuzanna Warso
Open Future participated in the EU Open Source Policy Summit in Brussels, where we contributed to the panel about the necessity of investing in open source and public digital infrastructure.

Meet Jan Krewer, our new Senior Policy Analyst

January 30, 2024 by: Alicja Peszkowska
We are pleased to announce that Jan Krewer has joined Open Future as a Senior Policy Analyst. Jan will strengthen our work on Digital Commons and lead our activities related to the European Union-funded Next Generation Internet (NGI) Commons project.

Open Future Joins NGI Commons

January 24, 2024 by: Alicja Peszkowska
Open Future’s role in the project is to develop a strategic agenda for Digital Commons policies, especially in the context of the next multiannual financial framework (MFF) — the EU's long-term budget.

AI and the Commons: the paradox of open (for business)

January 11, 2024 by: Alicja Peszkowska
To discuss the work presented in “Open (For Business): Big Tech, Concentrated Power, and the Political Economy of Open AI," we have invited its authors to join our monthly community calls, which explore the intersection of AI and the Commons.

AI and the Commons: the Wikimedia movement

December 19, 2023 by: Alek Tarkowski
As a part of exploring the relationship between generative AI systems and the commons, we have been looking closely at the approach taken on Wikipedia. 

A Frankenstein-like approach: open source in the AI act

December 14, 2023 by: Paul Keller
Late last week, the European Commission, the Member States, and the European Parliament reached a deal on the AI Act. The current compromise is a combination of tiered obligations and a limited open source exemption which creates a situation where open source AI models can get away with being less transparent and less well-documented than proprietary GPAI models.

A first look at the copyright relevant parts in the final AI Act compromise

December 14, 2023 by: Paul Keller
Representatives of the European Parliament, EU member states, and the European Commission reached a provisional agreement on the proposed AI Act. The copyright provisions in the AI Act are a step in the right direction. They further consolidate the existing balanced legislative approach adopted by the EU in the 2019 CDSM Directive.

AI and copyright: Convergence of opt-outs?

November 29, 2023 by: Paul Keller
The blog post argues that with increasing convergence on creator/rightholder opt-outs as an essential mechanism in the governance of generative AI models, there is an urgent need for standardization of machine readable opt outs.

The EU should not trust AI companies to self-regulate

November 28, 2023 by: Paul Keller et al.
As the debate over how the AI Act should deal with foundation models reaches a climax, we argue that it would be a mistake to leave this crucial aspect of AI regulation to the AI companies themselves, and that there is indeed a need for mandatory transparency and documentation requirements.
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