The Digital Agenda and Free Software

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The Digital Agenda and Free Software

  1. 1. European Legal Network Conference 8 April, Amsterdam The Digital Agenda and Free Software Carl-Christian Buhr European Commission (All expressed views are those of the speaker.)
  2. 2. The European Commission is... <ul><li>...Policy Maker </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. Copyright & EIF/EIS & Community Patent </li></ul><ul><li>...Regulator </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. Antitrust & Merger Control , Guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>...Funding Agency </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. Research & Innovation Funding </li></ul><ul><li>...Procurer </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. Internal IT </li></ul>http://ec.europa.eu/
  3. 3. Neelie Kroes Maroš Šefčovič Digital Agenda Internal IT , ISA , etc. The College of Commissioners Joaquín Almunia Competition Michel Barnier IPR , etc. http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/
  4. 4. Legislators http://europarl.europa.eu/ http://consilium.europa.eu/ European Parliament Council of the European Union
  5. 5. Advising on... Standards & Interoperability ICT Research Policy Cloud Computing etc. http://bit.ly/NeelieKroesEU , @ NeelieKroesEU http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda http://bit.ly/cc_buhr , @ ccbuhr
  6. 6. Vision & action plan. 101 Actions e.g. Chapter 2 on Interoperability & Standards First Flagship Initiative of the EU2020 Strategy
  7. 7. Policy Maker: DAE <ul><li>DAE 21 : Standardisation Reform [2011] </li></ul><ul><li>Boosting OSS through easier reference of open standards in procurement </li></ul><ul><li>DAE 23 : Guidance on ICT public procurement [2011] </li></ul><ul><li>How to analyse needs and reference relevant standards </li></ul><ul><li>DAE 25 : Explore Interoperability Measures [2012] </li></ul><ul><li>Early stages. Improvements would help OSS. </li></ul><ul><li>DAE 26 : Member States (MS) to implement EIF </li></ul><ul><li>DAE 27 : MS to implement Malmö and Granada declarations </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing process. Commission e.g. finances CIP-ICT-PSP pilot projects , convenes, supports MS. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Policy Maker: ISA <ul><li>Interoperability Solutions for </li></ul><ul><li>European Public Administrations : 2010-2015, EUR 164.1m </li></ul><ul><li>DAE 24 : European Interoperability Framework [2010] </li></ul><ul><li>Elevates EIF status, OSS important factor </li></ul><ul><li>OSOR.eu : Open Source Observatory and Repository </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. Munich OSS developments </li></ul><ul><li>EUPL OSI-approved OSS license </li></ul><ul><li>SEMIC.eu : Semantic Interoperability Center </li></ul>
  9. 9. Regulator <ul><li>DAE 22 : Promote standard-setting rules [2010] </li></ul><ul><li>New guidance e.g. on standard-setting clarifies </li></ul><ul><li>ex-ante disclosures and rules on IPR licensing </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced obstacles for OSS </li></ul><ul><li>Additional steps coming? </li></ul><ul><li>Past and Future Antitrust & Merger cases </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft/Samba : GPL-compliant licensing </li></ul><ul><li>Oracle/Sun merger : OSS at the heart of the case </li></ul>
  10. 10. Funding Agency http://www.openaire.eu http://europeana.eu FP7 ICT research projects encourage/demand OSS delivery e.g. Exa-scale computing call: “All software should be developed as open source.” (page 111) http://europeanalabs.eu/ EGI , PRACE , GEANT , etc.
  11. 11. Procurer. A Windows problem?! <ul><li>Commission no pioneer for OSS on the desktop </li></ul><ul><li>Complexity of the issue should be acknowledged </li></ul><ul><li>Distinguish IT Strategy decisions & procurement rules </li></ul>link link link
  12. 12. ...big mix with lots of OSS Strategy for internal use of OSS at the Commission: Comments? http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/informatics/oss_tech/index_en.htm
  13. 13. <ul><li>Pointers </li></ul><ul><li>The Digital Agenda for Europe </li></ul><ul><li>http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Neelie Kroes Speech on DAE , Ch. 2 </li></ul><ul><li>http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/10/300 </li></ul><ul><li>ISA, OSOR.eu, SEMIC.eu </li></ul><ul><li>http://ec.europa.eu/isa , http://www.osor.eu/ , http://www.semic.eu/ </li></ul><ul><li>Contacts </li></ul><ul><li><web>http://bit.ly/{ NeelieKroesEU , cc_buhr }</web> </li></ul><ul><li><twitter> @ NeelieKroesEU , @ ccbuhr </twitter> </li></ul><ul><li><facebook> http://on.fb.me/Neelie_Kroes </facebook> </li></ul>

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