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November 2018

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

November 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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 pm
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 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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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June 2016

One Framework to rule them all?

June 8, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Silken Berlaymont, Boulevard Charlemagne 11
1000 Brussels, Belgium
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*** White Paper now available ***The European Interoperability Framework (EIF) is at present under revision (till 29 June). Overall, the document is much welcomed but a number of issues are at present being discussed by those who may be impacted by the revision.The Round Table will give the opportunity to speakers from Member States and industry to explain if and how these issues may endanger the positive impact the EIF could have on the creation of eGovernment services that help realise the free movement of citizens and businesses within the European Union. A Commission representative will also be present to…

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May 2016

The Blockchain Revolution – How will it change the way we do Business and interact with Government?

May 26, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Silken Berlaymont, Boulevard Charlemagne 11
1000 Brussels, Belgium
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***White Paper now available***Blockchain is the new hot topic, both in Brussels and around the world. The IT market is excited not only about distributed ledger technology, but the security possibilities it brings. All eyes are looking at how it disrupts the way we exchange and store data. But what is this technology all about, how does it work and what is meant by a 'distributed' ledger? How can ledger technology assist governments in providing better suited services for citizens and how to ensure that the underlying technology is not confused with its use cases, e.g. Bitcoin?European Commission officials suggest it may be…

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March 2016

Intermediary liability through the back door: Consequences of extending digital copyright for the open internet

March 16, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75
Bruxelles, Bruxelles 1040 Belgium
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***White Paper now available***OpenForum Europe (OFE) and Copyright for Creativity (C4C) have the pleasure to invite you to the following event focusing on the issue of intermediary liability, the 1st in a series of events on this topic. We will bring together an MEP, an academic expert and a representative from the civil society to discuss the consequences of extending digital copyright for the open internet.There seems to be an increasing tendency to extend the responsibility of ISPs compared to the level established in 2000. While courts have been dealing with many grey areas in the legal framework, and balancing competing interests, the European Commission is set to…

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January 2016

European Software Freedom Policy Meeting

January 29, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Communicated to registered participants

Openness in computing is an essential topic for politicians, legislators and citizens across Europe. There are many Open Source Software / Free Software organisations advocating for openness in ICT, often operating at national level, who work on policy issues to promote software freedom on the ICT market. There is still much to do in this work, ensuring that the results can have greatest impact across Europe.That is why OpenForum Europe and the Free Software Foundation Europe have organised a European Software Freedom Policy meeting to take place on 29 January. It will bring together dedicated organisations to discuss the merits…

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November 2015

Open Platforms : the future of Cloud Computing ?

November 12, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Silken Berlaymont, Boulevard Charlemagne 11
1000 Brussels, Belgium
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***White Paper now available***Cloud computing is still in its infancy, with new services constantly being developed, as technological advances come to meet evolving user needs. A recent study financed by the European Commission reveals that, from 2015 to 2020, cloud computing could add a cumulative total of €449bn to the EU28 GDP, creating 1 million new jobs in the process.These days,  we continue to see interesting developments in cloud computing: many of the more exciting and promising cloud computing products, especially at the infrastructure level, result from collaborations. Open Source based projects like OpenStack or Cloud Foundry are increasingly becoming global…

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