#digital public space

Our goal is to advance policies that re-design the internet as a public space. Seeing it as a Digital Public Space can become the foundation for creating an online environment that is not driven purely by commercial logic.

The digital space is not just a marketplace, but our whole society, experiencing a digital transformation. It should not be reduced to a space where only market dynamics rule. Unfortunately, European digital policies are still based on this basic policy vision, introduced over a decade ago. Instead, we need to design an internet where we can exercise our rights as citizens.

Europe’s digital ambition must reach beyond the role of global regulator. It is not enough to aspire to regulate Big Tech, we must also actively build alternatives and design ecosystems that support them. A European Digital Public Space, built on democratic values and public digital infrastructures, can be the cornerstone of such an ecosystem.


 

Posts

DSA almost done? Time to talk about a Digital Public Sphere Act The EU needs a positive vision on public institutions in the digital space

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 Aik van Eemeren on Interoperability

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.

Interoperability gives the potential of freedom Jaromil on Interoperability

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.

Five things I know about Data Spaces

December 6, 2021 by: Paul Keller
Comment on the recommendation on a common European data space for cultural heritage and the Digital Europe Work Programme 2021-2022

Interoperable to whose benefit? natacha roussel on Interoperability

November 4, 2021 by: Open Future
natacha roussel on Interoperability for Digital Public Spaces. This is the fourth part of our series of interviews with experts on how to get to public-civic spaces and the role of interoperability in getting there.

If you want an interoperable Internet, start with how organizations work Mai Sutton on Interoperability

October 21, 2021 by: Open Future
Mai Sutton on Interoperability for Digital Public Spaces. This is the third part of our series of interviews with experts on how to get to public-civic spaces and the role of interoperability in getting there.

It’s not the technology, it’s the players Geert-Jan Bogaerts on Interoperability for Digital Public Spaces

October 11, 2021 by: Open Future
Geert-Jan Bogaerts on Interoperability for Digital Public Spaces. This is the second part of our series of interviews with experts on how to get to public-civic spaces and the role of interoperability in getting there.

Keep the internet public. The market will thank us later Nathan Schneider on Interoperability

September 27, 2021 by: Open Future
Nathan Schneider on Interoperability for Digital Public Space. This is the first part of our series of interviews with experts on how to get to public-civic spaces and the role of interoperability in getting there.

The ‘Path to the Digital Decade’ needs a better destination

September 17, 2021 by: Paul Keller
A first look at the “Path to the Digital Decade” 2030 Policy Programme that was presented by the European Commission on the 15th of September.

Introducing SDEPS Shared Digital European Public Sphere

July 6, 2021 by: Open Future
The coalition for a Shared Digital European Public Sphere–SDEPS–aims to bring together different types of organisations who are united in their determination to build a European Digital Public Sphere while providing a European coordination layer for developing alternative online infrastructures.

Digital Compass – Can you point me to the society?

May 7, 2021 by: Alek Tarkowski
A critical take on the European Commission's Communication "2030 Digital Compass" which defines the policy objectives for Europe's Digital Decade.

Publications

Digital Public Space – A missing policy frame for shaping Europe’s digital future

September 29, 2021 by: Alek Tarkowski et al.
This article is our contribution to Building a European Digital Public Space - Strategies for taking back control from Big Tech platforms, a book edited by Aleksander Baratsits and Published by iRights Media in November 2021

A Vision for a Shared Digital Europe

April 12, 2019 by: Paul Keller et al.
The Vision for a Shared Digital Europe is a policy frame that can guide policymakers and civil society organisations involved with digital policymaking in the direction of a more equitable and democratic digital environment.

Events

November 17, 2021

Policy Forum: Initiative for European Public Space

August 30, 2021
Public conversation: How can EU policy foster digital European public spaces?
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