[Ukfreebsd] February's BCS/OSSG meeting - Open Source in Government 20/02/2020

Sevan Janiyan venture37 at geeklan.co.uk
Tue Feb 18 19:59:59 GMT 2020

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Open Source Excuses – busting the myths

Terence Eden

Why don’t government departments and NHS organisations want to adopt open
source? This talk looks at common reasons given. It will give you real life
examples of barriers to coding in the open, and practical tips for adopting
open source.

Terence Eden is the Head of Open Technology for NHSX. He is a technology &
policy expert. He teaches government courses on AI and ethics. He was
formerly the UK Government’s representative to the W3C. He speaks around
the world on open standards, open source software, and open data.

Current political challenges and opportunities for Open Source in Europe

Astor Nummelin Carlberg

The campaign to save Open Source development from the EU’s Copyright
Directive was indicative of the current status of Open Source advocacy in
the EU—while ultimately successful, it was more reactive than proactive.
The most important lesson from this campaign was that Open Source was not
targeted by policy makers, simply forgotten and misunderstood. This
suggests that while Open Source has gone mainstream, Open Source advocacy
has not kept up.

As there are both more opportunities and regulatory risks for Open Source
in the European Union, more, if not all, Open Source community stakeholders
need to increase their capacity to deal with policy making. At the least,
we need to make sure that Open Source never again becomes an unintended
regulatory casualty. There are several very tangible steps that can be
taken to do this. Since Open Source is becoming ubiquitous at the same time
as there is an eagerness to regulate tech in the EU, the time is now to
mature Open Source advocacy and increase its effectiveness.

Astor Nummelin Carlberg is OpenForum Europe’s Policy Director, responsible
for policy development and advocacy. Before joining the team he was an
Accredited Parliamentary Assistant in the European Parliament, and has
studied in the United States and Germany. He has extensive experience of
European policy making processes, communications and catalysing networks
and communities for advocacy impact.

Making the case for open with Governments

Irina Bolychevsky

Irina Bolychevsky is the founder and director of Redecentralize.org. She’s
a digital strategist and expert on data, open data, data platforms,
standards, privacy and decentralised technology. She led the ckan open
source data platform to international adoption, served on Open Knowledge
Foundation’s senior management team and now as a board member and developed
the personal data infrastructure programme within the UK’s Government
Digital Service. She developed the Smart Dubai’s and UAE federal policy,
regulatory, commercial and technical frameworks for data exchange and ran
one of the first UK data trust pilots and researched digital identity for
the Open Data Institute.


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