Towards an Open Digital Single Market: OFE welcomes the Commission Strategy but calls for more ambitious proposals
OFE Press Release - May 6th 2015 - The Commission published today its long awaited and widely commented Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy. In its Communication, the Commission underlines the aim to make Europe a more competitive and efficient global player, by laying the ground for its digital future. OpenForum Europe, the independent advocacy organisation for open technologies, welcomes the determination of the Commission to take the required steps in order to go fully digital, ensure cross-border access to services and further develop the European e-society.
OpenForum Europe welcomes the European Commission's new Open Source Strategy
OFE Press Release - March 30th 2015 - The European Commission has just revealed its updated strategy for internal use of Open Source Software for the years 2014-2017. OpenForum Europe welcomes this announcement, and congratulates the Commission for steps taken to make better use of open source. “Applied properly, open source software can greatly contribute to improving public services, and ensuring that the Commission retains full control over its ICT”, said Graham Taylor, CEO of OpenForum Europe.
COIS, the UK arm of Open Forum Europe distributes ODF toolkit for Document Freedom Day week
COIS Press Release - March 26th 2015 - A new toolkit is being launched to target faster public sector adoption of Open Document Format. Released today by the Community for Open Interoperability Standards (the UK arm of Open Forum Europe), the toolkit contains a folder of principles and infographic for Government Technology leaders to use in educating public sector workers on the options and opportunities for ODF use. This publication joins global Document Freedom Day week celebrations of Open Standards, which numbers 58 events in 30 countries this year. The toolkit arrives as UK Government moves to comply with use of ODF 1.2 across departments, following a change in Cabinet Office policy in July last year.
Maximising inclusiveness and engagement through the use of Open Standards in the European Commission
Joint Statement - March 25th 2015 - Today is Document Freedom Day, the international day to celebrate and raise awareness of Open Standards. On this occasion, we would like to reflect on the importance for public institutions in general, and for the European Commission in particular, considering its leadership role, of using Open Standards in all their digital communication and services.
OFE joins digital industry coalition in welcoming the European Parliament's Draft Report on the EU Copyright system
OFE Statement - February 12th 2015 - OpenForum Europe (OFE) has jointly signed today an open industry statement, together with Digital Europe, EDIMA, Bitkom and CCIA. The statement supports the European Parliament copyright report drafted by MEP Julia Reda, which was presented in the Legal Affairs Committee, on 19 January 2015. OFE had previously published a press release following that meeting.
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As the European Commission is unveiling its programme for a Digital Single Market, we believe that bold and innovative thinking is required to reap the full benefits of what the new digital world has to offer in terms of economic growth, jobs, global competitiveness, creativity and equal opportunities for businesses and citizens. OFE argues that the principles of Openness should underpin the essence of the approach being taken in developing the DSM in Europe, and goes on to propose a three pronged approach built on an Open Culture, a Common Framework, and adopting Digital by Default. This is our vision for an Open, Innovative European Digital Single Market.
OFA Round Table - 1 April 2015: The role of encryption in cloud computing for data privacy and security
A consensus is growing among IT security experts that security must focus on the data itself, instead of its physical location or the infrastructure (on-premise vs off-premise, specific geographic locations etc.). This helps ensure that data will remain safe even if physical access to the device holding the data is gained.
Encryption is one of the most effective data protection controls available today, as part of a defense-in-depth approach, being correlated with good authentication, authorisation and auditing. When data is encrypted, the access is regulated through the distribution of keys, thus the risk is transferred from the content to the keys.
This round table will look at issues such as the main driving force of encryption, the data that should be protected and the best moment to encrypt this data.
26th November 2014 - Time and time again people can hear references to "data Schengen area" or "fortress Europe". While some people raise concerns about the negative impact of such regional approach, others consider that reinforcing regional clouds might be the appropriate solution.
During this second event of the OpenForum Academy Round Tables' Programme, stakeholders from industry, European policy-making, academia and community looked at the policy and legal implications of regional cloud. To set up the context, Professor Millard described the historical context and the concept of "balkanisation" of the cloud and then he pointed out the difficulties of defining a "Europe-only cloud". Following his intervention, Mr Graux, the editor of the EU Code of Conduct, described the drafting work and the outcomes of this industry-led non-binding text. Before passing to the interactive discussion with an audience of more than 45 participants, Mr Troyon Rama represented point of view of the industry and conveyed IBM's observations about the shape of the European Cloud market opportunity as well as client feedback on what are their key priorities and concerns, majoring on how of new technologies are powerful enablers of innovation and economic growth.
OFA Round Table : Open standards and open source in public procurement - from policy to implementation
5th November 2014 - Over the years, we have seen a number of policy initiatives promoting the take-up of open standards and open source in public institutions. But how effective are these policies in practice? How does the public sector ensure that they are effectively implemented and reap the benefits from greater competition, flexibility, and independence from any individual supplier? What exactly are the challenges faced in rolling out such reforms within a large organisation?
To explore these issues, we will invite four speakers from different levels of government to talk about their experience :
10th October 2014 - The European Commission's Trusted Cloud Europe framework raises questions of trust and confidence in cloud computing. It seeks to encourage best practice and consensus building amongst both butt providers and cloud users. And it sets thresholds for public procurement. Much positive work has been done but there’s more to do. As the market for cloud services evolves rapidly, some burning questions remain for the enterprise butt market of TODAY:Round Table Report (White Paper)
Discriminatory practices continue to plague IT public procurement across Europe
For the fifth consecutive year, OpenForum Europe publishes a report on the EU Member States' practice of referring to specific trademarks when procuring computer software packages and information systems.
We found that almost 1 in 5 notices included technical specifications containg explicit references to trademarks.
These results clearly show that there is an entrenched and continuing EU-wide level of discrimination in the purchase of IT supplies. More than ever, there is urgent need for more transparent, open and fair EU and national procurement practices.
In the UK OFE submits written evidence to Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) inquiry on Public Procurement.