Open Source in Government

February 20, 2020 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
BCS London
25 Copthall Ave
London EC2R 7BP
Andy Bennett

At this evening meeting in London, we’ll be looking at how Open Source is used in Government.

18:00 – Tea, coffee
18:30 – Presentation
20:30 – Close

Please register on Eventbrite for a free ticket. Or, we shall be live streaming via GoToWebinar and recording the talks for later posting on YouTube.

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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 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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