European Commission Report Declares Open Source Software and Hardware to be a "Public Good" - AB Open
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A team in the Future Networks arm of the European Commission has released a report on the impact of open source software and hardware on a series of areas

“The objective of the study was to investigate and quantify the economic impact of OSS and OSH [Open Source Software and Open Source Hardware] on the European economy,” the study’s authors, working for the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology at the European Commission, explain.

“The study also identified strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges of open source in relevant ICT policies, such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence (AI), digitising European industry, the connected car, high performance computing, big data, distributed ledger technologies, and more.

“The main breakthrough of the study,” its authors note, “is the identification of open source as a public good. This shows a change of paradigm from the previous irreconcilable difference between closed and open source, and points to a new era in which digital businesses are built using open source assets. This information is essential to develop policy actions in the field. The study also values the economic impact of open source commitments on the EU economy.”

See https://abopen.com/news/european-commission-report-declares-open-source-software-and-hardware-to-be-a-public-good/

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With all the billions that the EU is spending on farmers and industry it would be a good idea if they actually start funding existing free and open source projects. Perhaps in the same way NLnet (https://nlnet.nl/project/current.html) is funding free and open source. Imagine what could be done.

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NLnet’s current funding actually comes from the EU to a large extend.

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If done well it could also boost the local economy. A lot of money in the Software industry goes to huge multinational companies outside of the EU or residing in tax havens.

I wish one day the EU wakes up and starts building its own Google equivalent but based on Free Software. I’m afraid it won’t happen in my lifetime, though.

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They are working on something called GAIA-X which aims to be something like AWS.

But as with many such initiatives it sounds good in theory, but the practical implementation has issues and is driven largely by lobbyism and revolving-door corruption.

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