Welcoming Jan J. Zygmuntowski as an Open Future fellow

February 3, 2022 by: Open Future
Jan J. Zygmuntowski is Open Future's Data Commons Fellow, working on institutional designs for governing data as a commons. Through this fellowship, we are also bringing economic expertise to our organization.

Digital Principles: The Digital Public Space is still a largely empty promise

January 28, 2022 by: Alek Tarkowski
The Declaration on European Digital Rights and Principles proposed by the Commission does not do enough for shaping the European online ecosystem as a digital public space, and not just a market. The "Digital Public Space" principle should be expanded upon to secure a stronger focus on societal objectives and collective rights.

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.

Open source is unavoidable: open source policies and digital sovereignty

January 27, 2022 by: Open Future
For our fourth Open Future Session, we invited Mike Linksvayer, Head Developer Policy at Github, to talk about open source and sovereignty.

DSA almost done? Time to talk about a Digital Public Sphere Act

January 21, 2022 by: Paul Keller
EU regulation for the digital environment is full of carve outs and exceptions for public institutions and non-profit civic initiatives. Instead of treating them as anomalies we should start treating public institutions as corner stones of a digital public sphere and develop a positive vision for them.

Don’t Call It Alternative, Call It Normal

January 13, 2022 by: Open Future
Aik van Eemeren on Interoperability for Digital Public Space. This is the sixth part of our series of interviews with experts on how to get to public-civic spaces and the role of interoperability in getting there.

Building a social knowledge economy in Ecuador

December 23, 2021 by: Open Future
For our third Open Future Session, we invited Andrés Arauz – the Minister of Knowledge of Ecuador in the years 2015-2017. Andrés told us how the Ministry established a policy to build a “social knowledge economy”, which translated into multiple actions supporting, in particular, a knowledge commons.

Will financialization of the music industry kill the Public Domain?

December 22, 2021 by: Paul Keller
The financial valuations of major recording artists' catalogs are going through the roof, with Bruce Springsteen's right having recently been sold for more than half a billion dollars. One consequence of the ongoing financialization of the music copyright may very well be further pressure on the public domain.

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.

Council and Parliament find provisional agreement on the Data Governance Act

December 9, 2021 by: Open Future
An overview of the main elements and improvements in the provisional agreement on the Data Governance Act reached by the European Council and the European Parliament on 30 November 2021.

Interoperability gives the potential of freedom

December 7, 2021 by: Open Future
Jaromil on Interoperability for Digital Public Spaces. This is the fifth part of our series of interviews with experts on how to get to public-civic spaces and the role of interoperability in getting there.