A first look at the Data Act

February 23, 2022 by: Paul Keller
Open Future reviewed the proposal for a Data Act released by the European Commission on 23 February and published three briefs on the issues of Interoperability, Access to Data and B2G Data Sharing in the public interest.

Exploring design solutions for AI_Commons

February 18, 2022 by: Francesco Vogelezang
As part of the AI_Commons research activity, Open Future partnered with Aniek Kampeneers to investigate how design concepts for consent practices can provide an added layer of protection for users’ privacy in the online sphere.

Vive les biens communs numériques!

February 11, 2022 by: Paul Keller
France is promoting a very specific approach to digital sovereignty by stressing the importance of the Digital Commons as one of its building blocks and declaring the intention to use its presidency to propose a European Initiative for Digital Commons.

If you want to give people a seat, you need a table first

February 9, 2022 by: Open Future
Jan-Hendrik Passoth on Interoperability for Digital Public Space. This is the seventh part of our series of interviews with experts on how to get to public-civic spaces and the role of interoperability in getting there.

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.
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