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Open Source Driving the European Digital Decade | Sweden

18 April 2023


April 18
10:00 - 17:00 CEST

On 18 April, 2023, OpenForum Europe, the Swedish Internet Foundation, NOSAD (Network Open Source and Data), Open Source Sweden, Red Hat and the Foundation for Public Code are hosting a one-day conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Following the events in Toulouse, France, and Brno, Czech Republic, we are now bringing together European actors in the Nordic capital to continue the discussion of the role of open technologies in shaping our shared digital future. 

At the European level, the discussions of open source as a tool to tackle our shared digital challenges have matured. There is broad agreement that the relevance goes beyond cost-savings for the public sector. Today, open source plays a central role in strategies for increased sovereignty, competitiveness and innovation. 

Venue: Internetstiftelsen, Hammarby kaj 10D, Stockholm, Sweden.

The day will be divided up into three thematic blocks: Cybersecurity, Community and Procurement. Particular attention will be given to key EU legislative developments such as the Interoperable Europe Act and the Cyber Resilience Act. In parallel with public sector developments, strategies to further grow the open source industry to meet the steep increase in demand will be a focal point. 

10:00 - 10:25
10:25 - 10:35
Introduction and Presentation of the Agenda
10:35 - 11:35
Cybersecurity: Understanding the Role of Open Source in Society

Cybersecurity is a top priority for politicians and businesses globally. Open source’s major role in digitisation, being the majority of software in existence, has received increased attention. The increase in supply chain attacks have also elevated the discussion to the highest political level. Europe needs to join forces to build and maintain safe solutions. During this panel, ongoing initiatives, both industry-led and regulatory, are presented and the panel discusses how to work with open source to strengthen cybersecurity.


  • Shafagh Elhami, Swedish Government Offices, Ministry of Finance
  • Daniel Melin, Strategist, Swedish Tax Authority
  • Johan Linåker, Senior Researcher, RISE
  • Georg Kunz, Open Source Manager, Ericsson
  • Ciarán O’Riordan, Senior Policy Adviser, OpenForum Europe


  • Astor Nummelin Carlberg, OpenForum Europe
11:35 - 12:00
12:00 - 12:45
Open Source Communities and Enablement

What is needed for public administrations and private actors to collaborate on joint open source projects?

The panel will discuss the need for new skills, OSPOs and other types of networks and Communities to create conditions for a growing collaboration.


  • Maria Dalhage, Project Manager Open Data and Open Source, Arbetsförmedlingen
  • Gjis Hillenius, Open Source Programme Office, European Commission
  • Jan Ainali, Codebase Steward, Foundation for Public Code
  • Gabriele Columbro, General Manager, Linux Foundation Europe
12:45 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:00
Open Source Procurement

Open source procurement is the original open source policy question. Things are very different today than 15 years ago, however. The open source industry of Europe is brimming with activity to meet the demand from the public sector, and at the same time the public sector are rapidly increasing their ambition level with open source products, solutions and services. What new skills are needed in the public sector? How can we increase the capacity of the European OSS industry? How can we ensure that legacy laws and frameworks are updated to enable rather than hinder this opportunity?


  • Timo Väliharju, President, APELL (The European Open Source Business Association)
  • Tony Nicolaides, RedPill Linpro & Open Source Sweden
  • Göran Westerlund, Alingsås kommun & Sambruk
  • Bastien Guerry, Head of the Free Software at the Inter-Ministerial Directorate for Digital Affairs in France
  • Lucie Smolka, Chairman of the Committee, Open Cities


  • Björn Lundell, Professor of Computer Science, University of Skövde & President, Open Source Sweden
15:00 - 15:45
Open Source in Europe's Policy Efforts

At the same time as open technologies in general and open source specifically play a large part in the European Commission’s and Member States’ plans of achieving its digital policy goals, there are risks of unintended consequences from a number of legislative files. This panel will take on the challenge to paint the broader picture, connecting policy and legislative efforts such as:

  • The Interoperable Europe Act
  • The European Public Sector OSPO Networks
  • Cybersecurity Resilience act
  • New Product Liability Directive
  • The AI Act
  • EUs Data Act
  • Horizon Europe funding


  • Sachiko Muto, Chair OpenForum Europe/Senior Researcher, RISE
  • James Lovegrove, Public Policy Director, Red Hat


  • Ciarán O’Riordan, Senior Policy Adviser, OpenForum Europe


15:45 - 16:00
16:00 - 17:30
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Open Source Driving the European Digital Decade | Sweden

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