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November 2019

A Conversation with Susan Landau

November 7 @ 17:00 - 19:30
Arts 56, Avenue des Arts 56
Brussels, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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Advancing the Discussion on Cybersecurity and ePrivacy: Meta-Data, Encryption and Law Enforcement Access OpenForum Europe invites you to an evening with Susan Landau, renowned professor of Cyber Security and Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; Visiting Professor, University College London; Inductee to the Cybersecurity Hall of Fame and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Joris van Hoboken, Professor of Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) and a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam, and Achim Klabunde, Adviser to the Supervisors on Data Protection and Technology at European…

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September 2019

EU FOSS Policy meeting

September 26 @ 12:30 - 18:00
Club de la Fondation Universitaire, 11 Rue d'Egmont
Brussels, 1000 Belgium
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OFE and FSFE are happy to welcome you to our EU FOSS Policy meeting. To follow up our successful Pre-FOSDEM event in February, we invite you for our event happening on 26 September 2019 which will take place at Club de la Fondation Universitaire in Brussels. We stated our goal to reinvigorate the Free and Open Source Software advocacy in Brussels at the Pre-FOSDEM, and our goal is to now turn this into action. During the next coming years, we want to increase our ambitions, and move to be more proactive in Brussels. The time is opportune, as we have…

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EU Policy Recommendations for Free and Open Source Software

September 25 @ 15:30 - 17:30
L42, Rue de la Loi 42
Brussels, Brussels 1040 Belgium
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Join the FOSS4SMEs Project Consortium to learn about how SMEs competitiveness can be jump-started through Free and Open Source Software. A panel with senior representatives from policy, SMEs and academia will discuss how SMEs can take advantage of digital tools to improve their competitiveness. The discussion will be followed by cocktail reception. Register Keynote: EU Agenda on Digital Skills and Presentation of Policy Recommendations André Richier Principal Policy Officer, DG GROW, European Commission   Sivan Pätsch FOSS4SMEs consortium, OpenForum Europe Expert panel on academic, SME and policy implications Amanda Brock (Moderator) CEO of Trustable; European Representative Open Invention Network; Chair…

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Competition in the cloud

September 11 @ 16:00 - 19:00
Arts 56, Avenue des Arts 56
Brussels, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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We invite you for the event organised on 11 September about the potential risks of increased concentration in the market for cloud services, and possible solutions to address these risks. We have teamed up with the Internet Economy Foundation, which recently published a study on competition in the cloud market to explore how we can avoid repeating the mistakes of the past and falling into the trap of single-vendor market concentration that has proven difficult to escape. Often without being aware, Europeans entrust sensitive personal and business data to cloud solutions every day. Services such as Google Docs & Drive,…

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February 2019

Open Hybrid Cloud Round Table: Enabling a competitive multi-vendor market

February 28 @ 12:00 - 14:30
Arts 56, Avenue des Arts 56
Brussels, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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Join OpenForum Europe's Round Table to explore how open standards and interoperability can enable a competitive multi-vendor cloud market. Cloud has matured from a buzzword to a fully realised operational reality. It can offer numerous advantages for those adopting cloud computing, such as decreased costs, higher flexibility, efficiency and security, especially in flexible hybrid cloud environments. However, the lack of cloud interoperability is a barrier to cloud-computing uptake, because organizations fear vendor lock-in. Lock-in leads to the situation that once an organisation has selected a cloud provider, either it cannot move to another provider or it will incur a substantial…

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November 2018

Blockchain, Digital Identity and Personal Data: The Potential of Self-Sovereign Identity for Europe

November 19, 2018 @ 17:00 - 19:00
European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60
Bruxelles, 1047 Belgium
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Hosted by MEP Sorin Moisa (EPP) and OpenForum Europe, this roundtable will move the focus away from the fin-tech applications of Blockchain technology to an application that is receiving increasing attention, and one that holds significant potential in technologically and politically relevant fields: self-sovereign identity (SSI). Register here Self-sovereign identity is the next step in the evolution of digital identity management. It provides the user with individual control, security and full portability, by making the individual their own identity provider and storing the record of identity transactions in a distributed ledger. We could thus move beyond the insecure silos of directories, passwords…

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October 2018

Open Source Software and Copyright: From Industry 4.0 to SMEs

October 16, 2018 @ 17:30 - 20:00
Le Grand Central, Rue Belliard 190
Bruxelles, Bruxelles Belgium
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Join GitHub, OpenForum Europe, and Red Hat at Le Grand Central for an evening on the importance of open source software to software development and to Europe.    We will explain what open source software is, and talk about the fundamental role it plays in Europe's digital transformation and industrial competitiveness. We will also explain how open source software fits in with copyright law and how policymakers can help protect the EU's software industry, including SMEs, in the Copyright Directive. The public and private sectors of Member States and of the EU rely heavily on open source software and code-sharing platforms to innovate and compete…

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Towards Open Digital Government – Tallinn Declaration, PSI Directive and Digital Europe as catalysts for Public Sector Transformation

October 2, 2018 @ 12:00 - 14:00
VIP Room at Arts 56, Avenue des Arts 56
Brussels, Brussels 1000 Belgium
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Register now One year ago, 32 European countries formally signed the Tallinn eGovernment Declaration – committing to accelerating public sector digital transformation in order to build a more direct and responsive public administration founded on open standards and Open Source. Council and Parliament are on track to adopt the recast of the PSI Directive, which aims to widen the usage of public authorities' data. Earlier this year, the Commission introduced the Digital Europe programme, with one goal being to provide the framework and funding to expand digital capacities in the public interest to build upon what was achieved in eGovernment…

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October 2017

Public Sector Digital Transformation – From the Tallinn Declaration to a borderless government

October 11, 2017 @ 12:00
Silken Berlaymont, Boulevard Charlemagne 11
1000 Brussels, Belgium
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Registrations here On 6 October, EU ministers meet in Tallinn to formally adopt an eGovernment Declaration. This ministerial declaration aims to enable the transition towards a borderless government, and to practically support the public sector to fully grasp the benefits of the Digital Age.The vision of a public sector which can excel at the implementation of the ‘once-only’ principle, which facilitates the reuse of data and the open collaboration of various departments nationally and across borders, is the recognised shared objective of the policy makers and reflects the expectations of the EU citizens. This is also part of the current legislative…

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December 2016

Research infrastructure, cloud and open innovation: How to ensure trust in global solutions?

December 1, 2016 @ 17:00 - 19:00
Silken Berlaymont, Boulevard Charlemagne 11
1000 Brussels, Belgium
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*** White Paper now available ***The European Commission proposed in April 2016 a plan to put in place an infrastructure which can support Open Research Data and Open Science in Europe: the European Open Science Cloud. At the same time, the European Parliament is in the process of drafting the own-initiative report on the European Cloud Initiative. Open Science can only develop in a trusted environment, where research data can be safely stored and made openly available. This environment has to rely on excellent scientific data infrastructures which cannot be disconnected across fields and regions.Stakeholders representing SMEs, industry, policy makers, researchers and community…

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