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9th December 2013 - Brussels - In September 2013 the European Commission unveiled its proposals for a new Telecoms package, including the draft Regulation coined as Connected Continent. One of its key components is a new set of rules intended to safeguard net neutrality. While such action has been long-awaited by many stakeholders, the current proposal is not without criticism. At a time when business models on the Internet are evolving and many European countries are already taking action to ensure a fair and balanced framework the time is now for the EU to take action.

In line with its mission to spur insight and innovative thinking into the issues which impact the openness of technology, OpenForum Academy together with MEP Marietje Schaake organised a European Parliament Round Table on 13th November 2013. The discussion was dedicated to the economic aspects of net neutrality, and in particular the proposed provisions regarding so-called “specialised services”. How will this impact the different economic actors in the value-chain, and how would such services affect the open, non-discriminatory character of the Internet?

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OpenForum Academy is delighted to welcome Prof Chris Marsden as our latest Fellow 

Chris MarsdenOpenforum Academy is a think tank with a broad aim to examine the paradigm shift towards openness in computing that is currently underway, and to explore how this trend is changing the role of computing in society. We are proud to welcome Professor Chris Marsden to the OpenForum Academy Fellowship and our think-thank. An expert in Internet policy, he has authored several key texts in the field, including "Regulating the Global Information Society" (Routledge 2000) and "Net neutrality: Towards a Co-Regulatory Solution" (2010, Bloomsbury). You can review his biography, along with the biographies of all the other think tank core participants, on our dedicated Fellows page.

 

OpenForum Academy releases 'Thoughts on Open Innovation' in new formats

Thoughts on Open InnovationLast year the Fellows of the OpenForum Academy have published a book containing the latest thinking around Open Innovation in technology, information and standards entitled 'Thoughts on Open Innovation.' The contributors included Andy Updegrove, Shane Coughlan, Peter Murray-Rust, Coleman McCormick, Jochen Friedrich, Karsten Gerloff, Amanda Brock, Simon Phipps and Peter Langley. You can learn more and preview chapters on our dedicated page.

We are delighted to announce that from today you can obtain and share this book in multiple eBook formats: PDF ] [ ePub ] [ Mobi ] [ AZW2 

You can also buy a professionally printed copy via Lulu for 12.99 USD plus postage. 

 

OpenForum Academy is proud to welcome three new Fellows in January 2014 

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Openforum Academy is a think tank with a broad aim to examine the paradigm shift towards openness in computing that is currently underway, and to explore how this trend is changing the role of computing in society. We are proud to welcome Professor Andrew A. Adams, Professor Axel Metzger and Catharina Maracke to the OpenForum Academy Fellowship and our think-thank. They are renowned experts in their respective fields and will help to ensure that our work in 2014 remains at the cutting edge of Open Innovation. You can review their biographies, along with the biographies of all the other think tank core participants, on our dedicated Fellows page.

 

Continuing OpenForum Academy's 'Featured Work' Series

Cameron Neylon

OpenForum Academy has long been a leader in examining the paradigm shift towards openness in computing that is currently underway and exploring how this trend is changing the role of computing in society. Our new 'Featured Work' series builds on this, and on the notable output of our Fellows, by selecting and presenting thought-provoking essays or research that can help educate and inform readers interested in Open Innovation.

Our second featured work is an essay by Cameron Neylon and Shirley Wu about the tools, approaches and implications of Open Source.

Read more: OFA Featured Work #2: Open Science: Tools, Approaches, and Implications

 

Prospective analysis of net neutrality policy scenarios

OFA in conjunction with Google Policy Fellowship Research - Ana Olmos - 13/11/2013 - In the context of the net neutrality debate, there have been strong claims that there is a need to safeguard the open character of the internet, preserving free,  non-discriminatory user access to the content, applications or services available online. This debate blends with the discussion on open internet and the need to  keep the internet platform open to innovation, as a guarantee for the economic, social and technological development it offers.

Through various discussions, including public consultations on both sides of the Atlantic, some consensus has been reached on certain aspects of the debate: the need to preserve the open character of the internet, the central role of the user, the defence of competition, promotion of investment and innovation, the need for  transparency and the need for “reasonable traffic management” techniques. However, these agreed upon principles leave open many questions (for example, what  is “reasonable traffic management”) and there is strong division concerning the application of policy and regulation.

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Net Neutrality in the EU - Country Factsheets

Net NeutralityPolicy makers, private companies, civil society and academia have been researching, fact-checking and pondering on the principle of net neutrality and what it means for the market, the users and the competitiveness and growth in Europe. At a time in which the European Commission is trying to address this issue at the EU level, it is interesting to look at the how each Member State has dealt with net neutrality issues.

Net neutrality is the principle that all traffic going through a network should be treated equally, independently of content, application, service, device, source or target. Different players hold different perspectives as to what an impact this has for innovation, for the evolution of the market and for users’ interest. The debate has been very active in some countries and practically non-existent in others.

OpenForum Academy (OFA) has conducted a research to provide some facts as to how the debate has evolved in each Member State and whether or not it has led to any measures at the national level.

 

Net Neutrality in the EU - Country Factsheets - pdf

 

 

Welcome to OpenForum Academy's new 'Featured Work' Series

Andy UpdegroveOpenForum Academy has long been a leader in examining the paradigm shift towards openness in computing that is currently underway and exploring how this trend is changing the role of computing in society. Our new 'Featured Work' series builds on this, and on the notable output of our Fellows, by selecting and presenting thought-provoking essays or research that can help educate and inform readers interested in Open Innovation.

Our first featured work is a collection of four essays by Andrew Updegrove, a noted contributor to discussions around standards, technology and the social impact of the changes we are witnessing.

Read more: OFA Featured Work #1: The Devil’s in the Cloud


OpenForum Academy releases 'Thoughts on Open Innovation'

Thoughts on Open InnovationThe Fellows of the OpenForum Academy have published a book containing the latest thinking around Open Innovation in technology, information and standards. It is entitled “Thoughts on Open Innovation” and poses important questions about the role of collaboration and re-use of others' work in the context of a modern, technology-driven society. The contributors include Andy Updegrove, Shane Coughlan, Peter Murray-Rust and his colleagues at the Open Knowledge Foundation, Coleman McCormick, Jochen Friedrich, Karsten Gerloff, Amanda Brock, Simon Phipps and Peter Langley.

As Karel de Vriendt outlines in his introduction, the meaning of the term Open Innovation has evolved a great deal since it was first coined by Professor Henry Chesborough in 2003. Now it is part of the 'open' family which includes Open Knowledge, Open Data, Open Source software and Open Standards. The binding idea that applies to all these terms is that through collaboration and re-use of creative work, the community of innovators and society itself increasingly benefits.

The key questions this book aims to answer are: Is openness an end in itself? Does an open approach suit all purposes? And broadest still, how can people collaborate to solve some of the largest problems that we all face? Although the book deals with weighty ideas its authors have kept their essays at a manageable length and accessible to those of us who live outside the hallowed cloisters of academia. 

This book was launched at the Digital Agenda Summit in Dublin on the 20th June 2013. You can learn more about it and download a free copy from our dedicated page.

 

OpenForum Academy (via OpenForum Europe) will be participating in the Google Policy Fellowship in 2013 

This program is a unique way for students to get involved with our work, and to experience the business of policy discussion in Brussels. OpenForum Academy is one of only four European institutions selected to participate this year, joining Lisbon Council, BREUGEL and ECIPE to provide a cutting edge opportunity for students actively engage at the forefront of European governance. Thanks to the kind support of Google, OpenForum Academy can offer one paid position for a student, either undergraduate or graduate level, and provide mentorship via our Brussels office and our Fellowship coordinator. 

A student can be nominated by one of our existing think-tank members or any other interested party who wishes to encourage the next generation of thought-leaders in Open Innovation. The outcomes of the successful applicant's work will be given wide exposure, being published both by OpenForum Academy and under the Google programme. 

To apply for a Google Policy Fellowship with OFE/OFA register via this link at the global Google Policy Fellowship website. 

At the same time, we are also seeking nominations from our Fellows regarding particular topics they would like to see researched under the auspices of this program, and for interested parties to step forward as mentors for our success applicant in the conduct of the research itself.

Learn more about the Fellowship on the Google website.

 

OpenForum Academy is proud to welcome two new Fellows in December 2012 

Simon Wardley   Tim Hubbard

Openforum Academy is a think tank with a broad aim to examine the paradigm shift towards openness in computing that is currently underway, and to explore how this trend is changing the role of computing in society.

We are proud to welcome Simon Wardley and Dr. Tim Hubbard to the OpenForum Academy Fellowship as the thirty fourth and thirty fifth participants in our think-thank. They are both renowned experts in their fields, and will help to ensure that our work in 2013 remains at the cutting edge of Open Innovation.

You can review their biographies, along with the biographies of all the other think tank core participants, on our dedicated Fellows page.

 
 

OFA welcomes Karel De Vriendt as our 33rd Fellow in October 2012 

Karel De VriendtOpenforum Academy is a think tank with a broad aim to examine the paradigm shift towards openness in computing that is currently underway, and to explore how this trend is changing the role of computing in society.

We are proud to welcome Karel De Vriendt as the thirty-third member of our think tank. Karel was Head of Unit at  DG Informatics between January 2000 – January 2011, and and adviser throughout 2011. Now retired, he is still interested in exploring the impact of ICT on society, ICT and education, ICT and development, bridging the digital divide, open source and open standards.

You can review his biography, along with the biographies of all the other think tank core participants, on our dedicated Fellows page.

 
 

OFA welcomes ten new Fellows in July 2012 

The OFA Fellow expert group has continued to expand both in numbers and in the breadth of knowledge available to analyze developments around Open Innovation. OFA is delighted to welcome: 

  • Alea Fairchild, Vice President & Principal Analyst for Technology Infrastructure Strategy, Legacy Optimization, and EMEA policy at Constellation Research Inc. 
  • Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director for the Public Library of Science.
  • Chris Taggart, CEO and co-founder of OpenCorporates: The Open Database Of the Corporate World.
  • Dr. Efthymios Altsitsiadis, researcher at the Research Group Marketing of the KU Leuven and member of the e-Accessibility 2020 research team.  
  • Emma Mulqueeny, founder of Rewired State and Young Rewired State: Coding a better country.
  • Dr. Jun Iio, Research Director of Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. and also a Visiting Professor at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.
  • Dr. Paul Adams, Researcher at ZEA Partners and Chief Operating Officer at Kolab Systems AG.
  • Prof. Peter Murray-Rust, Group Head, Murray-Rust Research Group, University of Cambridge.
  • Simonetta Vezzoso, Researcher,  Department of Economics and Management at the Università degli Studi di Trento.
  • Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Senior Researcher at SPARC, Open Access Project Director at Public Knowledge, and Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College.
  • Prof. Tetsuo Noda, Professor of Economics at Shimane University and head of the collaborative research with Ruby City Matsue regarding Ruby and regional economic development.


OFA proudly announces new five Fellows in June 2012 

The OFA Fellow expert group has continued to expand both in numbers and in the breadth of knowledge available to analyze developments around Open Innovation. OFA is delighted to welcome: 

  • Carlo Daffara, an expert whose research work for the Open Source consultancy Conecta is focused on open source-based business models, collaborative development of digital artifacts, and understanding how companies and administrations can leverage open source software; during the last 15 years, he has helped hundreds of companies and administrations to take up and adopt OSS systems. 
  • Carlo Piana, a lawyer by training and a Free Software advocate. A qualified attorney in Italy, Piana has been practicing IT law since 1995, focusing his practice on software, technology, standardization, data protection and digital liberties in general,and serves as external General Counsel to the Free Software Foundation Europe("FSFE"). 
  • Glyn Moody, a technology writer best known for his book Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution(2001). It describes the evolution and significance of the free software and open source movements with many interviews of all the notable hackers. 
  • Helen Darbishire, an expert in the public's right of access to information (freedom of information), and the development of open and democratic societies with participatory and accountable governments. 
  • Rufus Pollock, an economist and co-founder of the Open Knowledge Foundation. He is currently a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, an Associate of the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of Cambridge and a Director of the Open Knowledge Foundation which he co-founded in 2004. He formerly held the Mead Research Fellowship in economics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. 
 

OFA welcomed three new OFA Fellows in March 2012 

It is with great pleasure that we announce three new Fellows have joined OFA's existing expert group, and will pro-actively contribute towards enhancing and improving discourse around Open Innovation: 

  • Andrew Katz, recognised as a leader in the field of open source licensing in the UK. He was involved in the drafting of the UK Creative Commons Licence, and has contributed to the GPL Version 3 project. He has spoken at events including BCS conferences, and LinuxWorld Expo, and has sat on panel discussions involving open source software with other experts such as Alan Cox, John "maddog" Hall, Mark Shuttleworth and Glyn Moody. 
  • Brian Kahin, a Fellow at the Center for Digital Business at MIT's Sloan School of Management and Senior Fellow at the Computer & Communications Industry Association. He was founding director of the Harvard Information Infrastructure Project (1989-1997) and subsequently served as Senior Policy Analyst at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (1997-2000).
  • Daniel M German, an academic who has pushed forward some interesting metrics regarding license monitoring in FOSS code, along with a vast amount of other academic work.

 

ICT procurement consultation

As you may be aware, the European Commission (DG Information Society) has launched a study to develop guidelines to help public authorities to procure ICT products that are based on standards. Background to the study can be found here: Background to work .  Many thanks if you have already contributed to the work.

Draft guidelines have now been prepared and Europe Economics, on behalf of the European Commission, is seeking views on how useful these guidelines might be, as well as views on practical implementation measures.

A short survey is available here Survey link.  Your assistance in filling it in is greatly appreciated.  Please see the attached letter of support from the Commission for more detail: Letter of support.

Please note that the survey will close on 14th February 2012. If you require any assistance in answering it please contact Deborah Kelly or Saattvic on+442078314717 or at ict@europe-economics.com. Your responses will remain completely confidential.

 

ESOP publishes studies on the laptop retail oligopoly in Portugal

ESOP has released two studies with a focus on the retail oligopoly dominating laptop sales in the Portuguese economy. The first study analyses the national economic impacts of introducing a series of locally-assembled laptops with an Open Source system and applications. The second study analyses this market behaviour, and provides a probability model for retail markets and addresses several malfunctioning phenomena in the frame of the existing European legislation for competition. You can read the official press release from ESOP here.

You can also download PDF versions of the studies directly:

 

UK Cabinet Office Publish LSE Research on TCO of Open Source 

The Cabinet Office and London School of Economics (LSE) have published research into the Total Cost of Ownership of Open Source Software. The report has been jointly financed by the Cabinet Office and OpenForum Academy, together with some of its supporters, including  Alfresco, Deloitte, IBM and Red Hat.

Report - Total cost of ownership of open source software: a report for the UK Cabinet Office supported by OpenForum Europe

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Further commentary:

http://blogs.computerworlduk.com/open-enterprise/2011/12/open-source-total-cost-of-ownership-20/index.htm

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OFA Round Table - "Patent non-aggression pacts : a way forward for technological innovation ?"

OpenForum Academy (OFA) Round Table discussion on patent non-aggression pacts on19 February 2014, Silken Berlaymont Hotel, Brussels the Round Table. Report is now available.

Round Table Report

OFA Round Table - "Exploring the economic impact of net neutrality in Europe"

9th December 2013 - Brussels - In September 2013 the European Commission unveiled its proposals for a new Telecoms package, including the draft Regulation coined as Connected Continent. One of its key components is a new set of rules intended to safeguard net neutrality. While such action has been long-awaited by many stakeholders, the current proposal is not without criticism. At a time when business models on the Internet are evolving and many European countries are already taking action to ensure a fair and balanced framework the time is now for the EU to take action.

 In line with its mission to spur insight and innovative thinking into the issues which impact the openness of technology, OpenForum Academy together with MEP Marietje Schaake organised a European Parliament Round Table on 13th November 2013. The discussion was dedicated to the economic aspects of net neutrality, and in particular the proposed provisions regarding so-called “specialised services”. How will this impact the different economic actors in the value-chain, and how would such services affect the open, non-discriminatory character of the Internet?

Full text of the Report

 

OFA Round Table - "Open source in mobile operating systems, a game changing model?"

 5th September 2013 - Brussels - Alongside Android other actors have now embraced the Open Source Software (OSS) model and new initiatives such as Mozilla’s Firefox Operating System (OS) and Canonical’s Ubuntu Touch show real promise. Is the use of Open Source hiding a hidden opportunity in the mobile market? It is claimed it is supporting a new wave of innovation in mobile with customized versions developed by device manufacturers (Samsung TouchWiz, HTC Sense) or community-created alternatives (CyanogenMod, Replicant). Different sectors seem to be benefiting from the OSS model, some of Android’s code finding its way into ebook readers, smart TVs, video game consoles and cars. But this apparent success is not going unchallenged, and concerns exist that the distribution of OSS free of charge is harmful to competition. So are the benefits only available to the suppliers or is there benefit to the wider market in Europe and to the user?

Through this Round Table discussion representatives of leading organisations will initially explore the reasons for their attraction to this model, and how it brings value across the value-chain. Via a moderated discussion with invited guests from across the spectrum of views we will then challenge their thinking and test whether there really is a proven case in support of innovation and competition in the market, or whether its disruptive effect merely displaces existing suppliers.

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OFA Round Table - "Can we determine and restrict the location of our data in the Cloud, and when do we need to?"

22nd May 2013 - Brussels - Last year OpenForum Academy hosted a Round Table discussion on “Who do you Trust with your Data in the Cloud?” which featured the launch of a report by Hogan Lovells on Government Access to Data in the Cloud and a comparison of the Patriot Act with national schemes across Europe. That report has been widely quoted since, with some praising it for shedding light on the situation and others challenging its conclusions. Since then the thinking on the impact of Cloud Computing across Europe has developed significantly, the European Commission has published its Communication, yet the same key question remains - Can we determine and restrict the location of our data in the Cloud, and when do we need to?

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OFA Round Table - “Improving Cyber Security in Europe, the way forward”

24th April 2013 - Brussels - Graham Taylor opened the event by welcoming everyone to the OpenForum Academy (OFA) and explained the purpose of the OFA and its participation in the open  standards community. He introduced the concept of the OFA with its approximately 40  Research Fellows from industry and academia, with its purpose of creating new  thought leadership and debates. He pointed out they had provided the First OFA conference proceedings on the table for each participant. He introduced the breakfast briefing topic 'Improving Cyber Security in Europe, the way forward’, then used the example of the Twitter hack on the @AP account and the fake report of an injury to U.S. President Obama as an example of some of the issues in cyber security today.

Full Report

 

 

OpenForum Academy - Cyber-Security Conference

On Wednesday, 5 June 2013, at the Thon Hotel EU, in Brussels, European Voice will hold a conference to discuss the proposed legislation on network and information security and whether it will serve its aims of improving cyber-security throughout the EU. The event features a keynote address by Neelie Kroes, the European commissioner for the digital agenda.

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The First Openforum Academy Conference Proceedings

OFA held its first conference for the think-tank Fellows on the 24th of September, one day before the OFE Summit 2012. This event marked the first time that a broad range of thinkers in Open Innovation met to consider their field in the context of economics, society and global affairs, and was accompanied by the launch of the first book of collected essays from the participants.

Report from the 1st OpenForum Academy Conference

The First Openforum Academy Conference Proceedings

24th September, Brussels

 

To Select or Not? - Dealing with Competing Standards in Public IT Procurement

Following the successful OFA round Table discussion held in Brussels on 12th December the full research report had now been published by its author  Tineke M. Egyedi of Delft University of Technology.


The study has been funded with research grants from the Dutch Standardisation Forum, a forum involved in drawing up lists of selected ICT-standards for government organisations, and OpenForum Academy. This report addresses the problem how governments should deal with competing standards, that is, two or more functionally equivalent standards, in the context of public IT-procurement. The focus is on (open) committee standards. The research questions were in the context of public IT procurement, should governments choose between standards that have the same functionality? If so, what factors should be taken into consideration?

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Open Innovation Breakfast Debate - 1st December 2011

 

Robin Jacob

OpenForum Academy hosted a stimulating breakfast debate about open innovation on December 1st, the day after the European Commission unveiled its plans for the next round of EU-funded research, dubbed Horizon 2020.  Guest speakers Rt. Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob (inset above), Maria da Graça Carvalho MEP and Dr John Temple Lang led the discussion, which focused mainly on one contentious issue contained in the Horizon 2020 proposal: forcing some patents generated from EU-funded research to be exploited in Europe before anywhere else.
The general consensus from the three panelists as well as from many of the 40 or so attendees who joined in the discussion was that attaching strings to intellectual property in this way is a bad idea because it will put off inventors from participating in EU-funded research.

The full report prepared by Dr Roger Burt .  

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OPEN DATA CHALLENGE - results

A milestone in the development of public sector information in Europe

June 28th 2011 - OpenForum Europe (OFE) and its sister organization, the OFE Academy are delighted to have been involved in the organizing of the Open Data Challenge, a competition designed to inspire developers to come up with innovative and useful ways of re-using public data.  ...More

Open Data Challenge

BRUSSELS,

June 16th 2011 - Europe's biggest ever open data competition concluded today when European Commission vice President Neelie Kroes handed out prizes totaling 20,000 euros at the Commission's Digital Agenda Assembly in Brussels.  ...More



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OFA and UK Government appoint LSE to undertake research into use of Open Source. Feb 14, 2011

The Cabinet Office and London School of Economics (LSE) have published research into the Total Cost of Ownership of Open Source Software. The report has been jointly financed by the Cabinet Office and OpenForum Academy, together with some of its supporters, including Alfresco, Deloitte, IBM and Red Hat. 

This independent report has been prepared by Maha Shaikh, Assistant Professor, Warwick University Business School and Tony Cornfold. Senior Lecturer, Department of Management, London School of Economics and Political Science.

It is intended to provide a mature and balanced assessment of the potential for open source software within the public sector based on evidence collected during a 2 year study from those who have taken this path and from members of the community of firms offering support services to such public bodies.

The audience addressed includes politicians and senior decision makers across central and local government, senior IT managers and the supplier communities. 

 
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Call for papers: Open Standards in government ICT procurement Nov 18, 2010

The OpenForum Academy (OFA) is pleased to launch a first research stream which will focus on Open Standards in government ICT procurement. Procurement is where policy is put into practice and more rigorous analysis is needed to understand the challenges and opportunities involved.

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