Europe’s digital infrastructure needs — consultation response

July 3, 2024 by: Paul Keller
This opinion summarizes our response to the European Commission's public consultation on its February 2024 "How to master Europe's digital infrastructure needs?” White Paper.

AI and the Commons: the heritage sector

July 4, 2024 by: Alicja Peszkowska
At the June AI and the Commons community call, we discussed the heritage sector’s relationship to AI (generative and analytical). Our guests were Dr. Mathilde Pavis, an expert in intellectual property law, ethics, and new technologies, and Mike Weinberg, Executive Director of NYU's Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy.

On Public Support and Community Responsibility for Digital Infrastructures

June 18, 2024 by: Jan Krewer
Known as Digital Commons, communities that self-organize to build and maintain digital resources provide essential infrastructure. They deserve investment and support to become more sustainable and inclusive.

Toward sustainable and non-exploitative resource management

June 4, 2024 by: Open Future
Together with the Environmental Coalition on Standards, we will carry out research on the environmental costs of Europe’s data centers and the need to reduce energy consumption in the digital economy.

Common Corpus: building AI as Commons

May 2, 2024 by: Alicja Peszkowska et al.
At our April AI and the Commons community call, we heard from Pierre-Carl Langlais who talked about ways in which generative AI models can be designed and built as a Commons.

Is the EU serious about Digital Public Space?

April 30, 2024 by: Zuzanna Warso
Last week, netzpolitik published a story about the EU institutions closing shop on Mastodon and Peertube. The story is a litmus test for whether EU institutions are truly committed to the idea of a Digital Public Space and to addressing the challenge of a digital space dominated by a few corporations. 

AI and the Commons: Participation in the AI Governance

April 4, 2024 by: Alicja Peszkowska
During the last AI and the Commons call, we spoke to Tim Davies about including the public in AI governance. In his presentation, Tim talked about Connected by Data’s People’s Panel on AI.

How can the EU’s approach towards internet standards be improved?

March 20, 2024 by: Clément Perarnaud
“How can the EU’s approach towards internet standards be improved?” was the focal point of an Open Future roundtable event in February.

Signs of progress: Digital Public Infrastructure is gaining traction

March 13, 2024 by: Jan Krewer
Against the backdrop of private and public actors endorsing the concept of digital public infrastructure discourse, we clarify our approach and the role of “public” in our Public Digital Infrastructure work.

AI Act fails to set meaningful dataset transparency standards for open source AI

March 7, 2024 by: Alek Tarkowski
There is an urgent need to address the issue and set a clear standard for transparency with regard to AI training and access to training datasets. The European policymakers avoided answering the questions that could help ensure openness in the context of AI development.

AI and the Commons: Open Data Commons Licences and the issues of data governance

March 6, 2024 by: Alek Tarkowski et al.
The post summarizes the AI and the Commons Community call focused on a recent paper by Melanie Dulong de Rosnay and Yaniv Benhamou.
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