Keeping the cloud free of private copying levies
OFE Press Release - Brussels - 15th November 2013 - Today OpenForum Europe is releasing a joint communication See attached with the Cloud Industry Forum and the Computer and Communications Industry Association, calling on the European Union to reject the application of private copying levies schemes to cloud services. Full Text of Release
Cloud Drives the Future – An Open Cloud Declaration
OFE Press Release - Brussels - 14th November 2013 - Today OpenForum Europe
announces the release of Version 1 of the Open Cloud Declaration Link to Declaration, a visionary document which we believe will serve as
a foundation upon which to drive industry, government and
institutional behaviour with respect to cloud computing. The
Declaration sets forth ten founding principles explaining our vision
for an Open Cloud. Full Text of the Release
In defense of an innovation-friendly environment for Text and Data Mining in Europe
Brussels - 13th November 2013 - OpenForum Europe has been an observer to the ‘Licenses for Europe’ stakeholder dialogue, active in the 4th Working Group on Text and Data Mining. After close to a year and as this process is coming to an end, we take a look back and share our observations and thoughts looking ahead. Full Text of the Statement
- Christmas comes early for the Open Document Faithful (ODF)
- EU plans to scrap roaming charges 'could be delayed by three years'
- EU challenges US hegemony in global internet governance
- Hungary's open source centre kicks off website
- Setting open standards for document formats in the UK using CAMSS approach
OpenForum Academy is an independent programme established by OpenForum Europe. It has created a link with academia in order to provide new input and insight into the key issues which impact the openness of the IT market.
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.