Oettinger: ‘Open source licen…

Oettinger: ‘Open source licences should be the norm’

Commissioner suggests open source to help with cloud standardisation

Industry-friendly open source licences should become the norm for building data platforms, for the web, and for digital consumer services, says Günther Oettinger. The European Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society urges cooperation between standardisation organisations and open source communities on cloud computing services.

“Europe's relative weakness in digital consumer markets, in web and internet services and notably in data platforms is becoming a major challenge to the whole economy”, Oettinger said on 21 April at the Net Futures conference in Brussels.

“Users feel that proprietary platforms do not satisfy their needs”, the Commissioner said. “They get locked-in to a specific provider and have very little influence on the evolution of the platform.”

In his speech, the Commissioner warned for cloud services lacking interoperability and portability. This could hinder the Digital Single Market. Organisations setting standards for cloud computing should work with open source communities, Oettinger recommended. “We must encourage open source communities to submit their innovations for standardisation. Open source standards enable transparency and build trust.”

The European Commission’s Net Futures conferences, which has been organised for the second consecutive year, focuses on the future of computer networks. It aims to bring together experts from research and innovation, business development and policy making.


More information:

Net Futures 2016 conference
Text of the speech by European Commissioner Oettinger

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