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28 November 2023

OpenForum Academy Symposium

Hosted by TU Berlin
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The Social, Political and Economic Impact of Open Source

As of today there is no academic conference covering questions relating to the social, political and economic impact of Open Source. This hampers the linking of research agendas, growth of the research area, and the societal understanding of the value of the Open Source ecosystem as a whole. The OpenForum Academy (OFA) Symposium fills this space.

After a successful first, virtual edition in 2021, the OFA Symposium 2023 will bring together an interdisciplinary set of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers from around the world to Berlin, in order to explore the transformative power of Open Source Software and Hardware.

At the OFA Symposium, we will examine the social, political, and economic implications of open source. We will explore how open source is changing the way we work, communicate, and interact with each other, and how it is shaping the future of technology and society.

The Symposium will feature a diverse and group of speakers and participants, including researchers, practitioners, policymakers, developers, and activists. We believe that the OFA Symposium will provide a unique and valuable opportunity for learning, collaboration, and networking.

We hope you will join us for this exciting event, and look forward to exploring the social, political, and economic impact of Open Source together.

The OFA Symposium 2023 will be hosted by TU Berlin as an in-person event in Berlin

Registration opens
09:00 - 09:15
Arrival and Welcome
09:15 - 09:35
Thematic Block: Open Source Communities and Cooperatives
09:35 - 10:00
Open at the Core: Moving from Proprietary Technology to Building a Product on Open Source Software
10:00 - 10:25
A Cooperative Model for Digital Infrastructure and Recommendations to Adopt It
10:25 - 10:50
User-led Open Source Foundations
10:50 - 11:05
Discussion: Open Source Communities and Cooperatives
11:05 - 11:25
Coffee Break
Thematic Block: Legal implications from Open Source
11:25 - 11:50
Open-Source Commons Made in China: A Case Study of OpenAtom Foundation and Mulan-series Licenses
11:50 - 12:15
Managing Open Source and Intellectual Property: An Empirical Analysis on the Effects of Open Source Contributions on Patents Behaviour and Quality
12:15 - 12:30
Discussion: Legal implications from Open Source
12:30 - 14:00
14:00 - 14:20
Thematic Block: Open Source and AI
14:20 - 14:45
Public-Private Funding Models in Open Source Artificial Intelligence: A Case Study on scikit-learn
14:45 - 15:10
Tradeoffs of open source participation for AI startups
15:10 - 15:35
Liability for Open-Source Licensing of Generative AI: A Critical Assessment of the Brazilian Approach
15:35 - 15:50
Discussion: Open Source and AI
15:50 - 16:10
Coffee Break
16:10 - 16:30
Thematic Block: Measuring Open Source
16:30 - 16:55
Open Source in the Context of Innovation (Indicators)
16:55 - 17:20
Open Source Software and Global Entrepreneurial Growth
17:20 - 17:35
Discussion: Measuring Open Source
17:35 - 17:45
Award ceremony Basil Cousins Award
17:45 - 18:00
Drinks at Bar Zentral
Register for the event

    The OFA Symposium is open to all interested in Open Source and not limited to the academic public.

    * Mandatory field

    Important Dates
    16 June
    CfP Closes
    26 June
    Acceptance Notifications
    06 July
    Publication of Programme
    16 October
    Full Paper Submission
    06 November
    Camera-ready Paper
    28 November
    Basil Cousins Award

    In memory of late OFE co-founder Basil Cousins we are instituting the Basil Cousins Award, which will go to a young, promising academic researching the societal effects of open innovation and open technologies.

    The winner will be selected among the participants of the Symposium and will receive a prize of €5000. Join us in celebrating the legacy of Basil Cousins and the future of open innovation and open technologies!

    Challenges to the Research of Open Source

    Researchers face challenges when studying open source software and hardware, including issues related to data access, ethics, and community engagement. This session will explore innovative research methods and strategies for addressing these challenges, and highlight the importance of open source research for understanding its impact on society.

    Economic Impact of Open Source

    Open source software and hardware are disrupting traditional business models and creating new opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship. We will discuss the economic benefits and challenges of open source, including its impact on job markets, intellectual property rights, and the development of emerging technologies and its potential to shape the future of the global economy.

    Funding models for Open Source Contributors

    There are different funding models available to support open source contributors, including, but not limited to corporate sponsorship, grants, and individual donations. We’ll discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each model, and explore how to sustainably support open source communities as well as foster long-term sustainability in the open source ecosystem.

    Future Software Liability Regulation and Open Source

    Software liability regulation entails legal and ethical implications for open source software. We will examine the potential risks and benefits of liability regulation, and discuss how it may impact the development and adoption of open source software. The discussion will provide an insight into the evolving legal landscape surrounding open source software and its implications for the industry.

    Open Chips Changing the Paradigm in Semiconductors

    Open source hardware is already transforming parts of the semiconductor industry and creating new opportunities for innovation and collaboration. We will explore the challenges and opportunities presented by open source chips, including their potential to disrupt traditional supply chains and foster new models of hardware development.

    Open Source and Geopolitics

    Open source software and hardware have entered the geopolitical stage. We will explore the ways in which open source is changing the nature of technology development and innovation, and discuss the implications for national security, diplomacy, and economic competitiveness. Insights into the evolving role of open source in geopolitics and its impact on the global stage will be discussed.

    Open Source as Digital Commons

    Open source software and hardware can be seen as digital commons, enabling the sharing of resources, knowledge, and innovation. We will explore the challenges and opportunities presented by this paradigm, including issues related to governance, sustainability, and community management.

    Open Source as Infrastructure

    Open source software and hardware has become digital public infrastructure, enabling the creation of public goods and services that benefit society as a whole. We will examine the potential of open source to facilitate collaboration between government, industry, and civil society, and discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by this paradigm.

    The Intersection of Open Source and Standardisation

    Open Source Software and hardware and standardisation are complementary while they challenge each others. At the same time there are ways in which they can work together to drive innovation, interoperability, and adoption. This topic will be an opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by this intersection, and share best practices and case studies for leveraging open source to advance standardisation efforts and vice versa.

    The OSPO as the New Institutional Collaboration Model

    Open Source Programme Offices have emerged as a new model for institutional collaboration and innovation. This session will be an opportunity to explore the role of OSPOs in facilitating open source adoption and contribution within and across organisations, and discuss best practices for establishing and managing OSPOs. What are the latest trends and developments in OSPOs and how can this model drive collaboration, innovation, and value creation.

    The Role of Open Source in the Emergence of AI

    Open source software and hardware have the potential to contribute to the development of AI and shaping the future of this emerging field. We will explore the ways in which open source is can be a tool to democratise AI technology and its potential to drive innovation and create new opportunities for social and economic development. The latest trends in open source AI and its impact on the future of technology and society will be discussed.

    The State of Diversity in Open Source

    We will examine the state of diversity and inclusion in the open source community, including issues related to representation, participation, and access. We will explore the challenges and opportunities presented by this issue, and discuss strategies for promoting greater diversity and inclusion in the development of open source software and hardware.

    About OpenForum Academy

    OpenForum Academy is an independent programme established by OpenForum Europe. It has created a link with academia in order to provide new input and insight into the key issues which impact digital openness.

    Central to the operation of OpenForum Academy are the Fellows, each selected as individual contributors to the work of OFA. A number of academic organisations have agreed to work with OFA, working both with the Fellows and within a network of contributors in support of developing research initiatives.

    The Fellows are regular contributors to the work of OpenForum Europe, participate in our policy work, in research OFE conducts and as speakers at events aimed at policymakers in Brussels, acting as a bridge between academia and policy.