2021 has been an important year for OFE, but also digital policy in general. Open technologies have been recognized at the highest level as an important tool to meet the digital and societal challenges we face. Open technologies have played an important role in our response to the covid pandemic, we have seen a renewed appreciation for interoperability’s importance for well-functioning digital markets, and the importance of Open Source and open standards is right at the heart of the discussions on digital autonomy. The discussions revolving around the Digital Services Act package as well as the new rules for Open Source Software distribution, the building of Open Source Programme Offices across Europe show that the policy makers’ interest has been piqued. I hope to see that the next 20 years will be spent to come together to make the promise of ‘open’ a reality.
This year has been a busy one for OFE. So busy, in fact, that we have not celebrated our 20th anniversary properly. We hope that you will join us (albeit online) for our EU Open Source Policy Summit on February 4 where we will acknowledge this, but mainly focus on the role of Open Source in finding the solutions for the grand challenges we face.
Later in 2022, when we can meet in person again, we will have a real celebration. That party, however, will fittingly be hosted by OFE’s new Executive Director, Astor Nummelin Carlberg.
Year in review letters tend to be a long numeration of different accomplishments and this one will is not very different. I would like to focus on a few key moments from the year gone by:
Publication of the Open Source Economic Impact Study
In September, the landmark study on the impact of Open Source Software and Hardware on technological independence, competitiveness and innovation in Europe that we conducted along with Fraunhofer ISI was published by the European Commission.
Soon after its publication, the study gathered global attention from policy makers and media. We have received reports that it has garnered attention in ministries across Europe. But in fact it has already been used as the basis for policy efforts, such as the European Commission’s new rules on Open Source Software and the French government’s new policy effort focusing on public data, algorithms and public source codes. We have also seen calls to conduct similar studies in other jurisdictions, such as in Frank Nagle’s report published by the Brookings Institution.
OFE’s Events in 2021
- EU Open Source Policy Summit 2021, which gathered more than 1000 participants
- OFE Lounge 6-week Series: Standardisation and Open Source
- The OFE Open Source Policy Series 2021, articulated in six events: on smart cities; about OSPOs in governments and universities; about the automotive sector; presenting the results of our study on the impact of Open Source; providing an introduction to Open Hardware to policymakers; and about decarbonisation of energy grids and sustainability.
- Virtual Debate: Interoperability in the DMA and DSA
- A New Business Model for the Internet: How a Strong Digital Markets Act Can Enable SMEs to Deliver a Better Internet
- EU Open Source Policy Community Meeting 2021
- OFA Symposium 2021: The European Commission Open Source Study. We just published the recording of the whole event
OFE on the Conference Circuit
- MARCH | Edge Computing World Europe 2021
- APR | DigitALL Public Conference: The Role of Open Source
- MAY | NGI Forum: The Open Source Model
- MAY | CampusSource Tagung 2021
- SEPT | Linux Foundation Open Source Summit OSW2021 – Open Source Week
- SEPT | Mindtrek
- SEPT | European blockchain week of the Slovenian presidency: policy dialogue
- OCT | OSPOCon Europe
- NOV | Three interventions at the Paris Open Source Experience: 1) OSPO as a catalyser of good open source governance 2) What is the value of Open Source? EU Study on the impact of Open Source: results and recommendations 3) Unlocking the Digital Markets: EU Platform Regulation, Interoperability and Open Source
- NOV | Internetdagarna Sweden
- NOV | AICE working group meetup
- NOV | Il valore dell’Open Source? Studio dell’UE sull’impatto dell’Open Source
- DEC | Internet Governance Forum: Open Source Collaboration for Digital Sovereignty
Now, the OFE team starts their well-earned vacation and wishes you all the best for the holidays and the new year 2022.