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Wednesday, October 28 • 12:00 - 12:15
Lightning Talk: Give Open Source the Weight it Deserves in Public Policy - Sivan Pätsch & Paula Grzegorzewska, OpenForum Europe

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When the last study on Open Source in Europe was concluded in 2006, the Open Source revolution had not yet taken over the world. Today Open Source Software is ubiquitous in business and Open Source Hardware could trigger the next revolution. Yet policymakers don’t have the data they need to treat Open Source as the innovation machine it has become. What is the value of Open Source for the economy? How many jobs does it support? How can innovation through Open Source be measured? Is Open Source as beneficial for innovation as we think? What do governments need to do, or not do, to support a flourishing Open Source ecosystem? Since the beginning of 2020, Fraunhofer ISI and OpenForum Europe, working with over 100 researchers around the world, have been tasked by the European Commission to research the value of Open Source Software and Hardware. During this presentation we will share some preliminary takeaways and tell you why we need your input to make a pro-open source policy a reality.


Sivan Pätsch

Research Director, OpenForum Europe
Sivan Pätsch is Research Director at OpenForum Europe (OFE), where he is shepherding OFE's academic network, the OpenForum Academy. Before he joined OFE, he gained experience in EU digital policy making at the Council of the European Union. Within OFE he is responsible for the ongoing... Read More →

Paula Grzegorzewska

Policy Analyst, OpenForum Europe
Paula Grzegorzewska, Policy Analyst at OFE, has been working on topics such as Open Source, ethical and trustworthy AI and most recently, Open Source Hardware and blockchain. Before, she supported women in closing the gender gap in ICT and entrepreneurship with an NGO in Luxembourg... Read More →

Wednesday October 28, 2020 12:00 - 12:15 GMT
Community & Business Leadership Theater