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OFE Lounge 2024: Standardisation and Open Source in the Age of Software Regulation

22 February 2024


February 22
March 21

This webinar series is organised under the umbrella of 2026.

The OFE Lounge 2024 seeks to bridge standardisation and open source organisations, creating a platform to discuss the changing dynamics of software development and ICT standardisation. Drawing from previous iterations of the OFE Lounge Series, as well as studies such as the JRC’s “The Relationship Between Open Source Software and Standard Setting” and OFE’s study “Standardisation and Open Source – Bringing them together” for the European Commission, this series aims to facilitate knowledge transfer between significant open source and standardisation entities, as well as the European Commission. For this iteration of the series, we will focus on the standardisation activities following new EU regulation with implications for software development, such as the Cyber Resilience Act and the AI Act.

All sessions will adhere to the Chatham House Rule.


The webinar sequence initiates on 22 February, at 18:00 CET, and spans over five weeks, culminating with a comprehensive wrap-up workshop. Each session will last 60 minutes and start with 2 individual 15-minute presentations by representative stakeholder organisations, putting forward their ideas on the role of open source in standardisation, and standardisation for open source, followed by a roughly 30-minute moderated Q&A. The last wrap-up workshop will last 2.5 hours.


Session Details:

22/2 - 18:00
Session 1: Kick-off session

This session sets the stage for our discussions on regulation directly or indirectly affecting software and the role of standardisation in its implementation. It will cover software and software supply chain complexity, challenges highlighted by the AI Act and CRA negotiations related to OSS, the needs and expectations of policymakers.


  • Astor Nummelin Carlberg, OpenForum Europe & Knut Blind, Fraunhofer ISI 
  • Emilio Davila Gonzales, Head of Standardisation Sector, DG CNECT, European Commission
  • Mirko Boehm, Linux Foundation Europe & Jochen Friedrich, IBM
29/2 - 18:00
Session 2: The AI Act

This session explores the AI Act’s implications for standardisation and open source, focusing on ethics in AI and the role of standards.


  • Antoine-Alexandre André, DG CNECT, Artificial Intelligence Policy Development and Coordination
  • Dr Adriana Nugter, Independent Consultant and Member of IEEE Standards Association
7/3 - 18:00
Session 3: The Cyber Resilience Act

Focusing on the CRA, this session will discuss the new requirements, guidance for adherence, and perspectives from open source communities and standardisation bodies on the software world’s needs from the CRA standards.


  • Filipe Jones Mourão, DG CNECT, European Commission
  • Ben Kokx, Philips, and Convenor WG9 in JTC 13, CEN-CENELEC
14/3 - 18:00
Session 4: To be announced
21/3 - 16:30
Session 5: Workshop to Conclude the Series

A comprehensive workshop aiming to bring together insights from previous sessions. Expect engaging discussions on stakeholder perspectives, the EC Strategy on OSS, the EU Standardisation strategy, procurement perspectives, industry groups, and findings from the latest research.

Organised by OpenForum Europe as part of the 2026 project.

OFE Lounge 2024: Standardisation and Open Source in the Age of Software Regulation

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