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The EU will fund a feasibility study for a public repository of public domain works

November 25, 2022 by: Open Future
In the 2023 budget, the EP allocated funding for a pilot project to explore the feasibility of a Public EU directory of works in the public domain and under free licenses, something that Paul Keller and Felix Reda suggested in a white paper in 2021.

Towards a European commons for electronic health data

November 4, 2022 by: Francesco Vogelezang
The European Data Health Space proposal should allow the building of a European commons for electronic health data to secure public interest goals.

The rise of European Data

November 1, 2022 by: Open Future
To wrap up his Fellowship at the Datasphere Initiative, Francesco wrote an essay investigating the impact of both the Data Act and the Data Governance Act on the emergence of a global data governance regime while analyzing the EU's geopolitical role in global data regulatory debates.

To properly function a public data commons needs to be European in scope

October 21, 2022 by: Francesco Vogelezang et al.
The EU B2G data sharing framework needs to be complemented by a strong and democratically accountable European Public Data Commons to allow public sector bodies to fill their mandates in a data-driven world.

The Data Commons are a key enabler of Europe’s digital transformation

October 14, 2022 by: Open Future
The Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS) published a policy brief underpinning how a robust framework for B2G data sharing is a precondition for ensuring that public institutions and policymakers can fulfill their mandates.

A new civil society Coalition to promote global access to knowledge

October 10, 2022 by: Open Future
Thirty-two civil society organizations worldwide launch the Access to Knowledge (A2K) Coalition to improve access to knowledge around the globe.

The European Media Freedom Act fails to support public interest alternatives to platforms

October 6, 2022 by: Zuzanna Warso
The EC has proposed a new regulation to safeguard media independence and plurality in the EU. Unfortunately, the European Media Freedom Act fails to support public interest-driven alternatives to commercial platforms.

Launch of the AI_Commons white paper

September 28, 2022 by: Alek Tarkowski
We are publishing today, as a request for comments, a white paper on understanding the implications of face recognition training with CC-licensed photographs.

Net neutrality: defending the internet “as we know it” is not enough

September 21, 2022 by: Zuzanna Warso
Instead of focusing only on fixing the platforms, the EU must introduce measures that would allow the emergence of alternatives to the current fundamentally flawed system of “online malls.”

Copyright rules for AI generated visuals will determine the future of synthetic worlds

September 9, 2022 by: Paul Keller
Instead of analyzing the functioning of image generators through the lens of copyright, we should ask ourselves a normative question: Why should we want that copyright applies to the visual output of these generators?

The Paradox of the State and the Commons

July 13, 2022 by: Open Future
For our ninth Open Future Session, we invited Sébastien Shulz, co-founder of the Collectif pour une société des Communs and coordinator of the working group on politics of the digital commons at CNRS, to learn more about the role that public bodies can play in supporting the digital commons.