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EU Council backs controversial copyright crackdown

- April 15, 2019 in copyright, eu, Featured, Internet, News, Policy

The Council of the European Union today backed a controversial copyright crackdown in a ‘deeply disappointing’ vote that could impact on all internet users. Six countries voted against the proposal which has been opposed by 5million people through a Europe-wide petition – Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Finland and Sweden.
Three more nations abstained, but the UK voted for the crackdown and there were not enough votes for a blocking minority. The proposal is expected to lead to the introduction of ‘filters’ on sites such as YouTube, which will automatically remove content that could be copyrighted. While entertainment footage is most likely to be affected, academics fear it could also restrict the sharing of knowledge, and critics argue it will have a negative impact on freedom of speech and expression online. EU member states will have two years to implement the law, and the regulations are still expected to affect the UK despite Brexit. The Open Knowledge Foundation said the battle is not over, with the European elections providing an opportunity to elect ‘open champions’. Catherine Stihler, chief executive of the Open Knowledge Foundation, said:
“This is a deeply disappointing result which will have a far-reaching and negative impact on freedom of speech and expression online. The controversial crackdown was not universally supported, and I applaud those national governments which took a stand and voted against it. We now risk the creation of a more closed society at the very time we should be using digital advances to build a more open world where knowledge creates power for the many, not the few.

But the battle is not over. Next month’s European elections are an opportunity to elect a strong cohort of open champions at the European Parliament who will work to build a more open world.”

Το OK Greece στην ημερίδα «Ανοικτοί εκπαιδευτικοί πόροι και Διά Βίου Μάθηση: Ευκαιρίες και προκλήσεις για την Ανώτατη Εκπαίδευση και τις δημόσιες βιβλιοθήκες»

- March 26, 2019 in Featured, Featured @en, News, ανοικτή εκπαίδευση, ανοικτοί εκπαιδευτικοί πόροι, διασυνδεδεμένα δεδομένα, Εκδηλώσεις, Νέα

Το «παρών» έδωσε το Ίδρυμα Ανοικτής Γνώσης Ελλάδος (OK Greece) στην ημερίδα «Ανοικτοί εκπαιδευτικοί πόροι και Διά Βίου Μάθηση: Ευκαιρίες και προκλήσεις για την Ανώτατη Εκπαίδευση και τις δημόσιες βιβλιοθήκες», η οποία διεξήχθη στις 15 Μαρτίου, στην Αθήνα. Το OK Greece εκπροσώπησαν ο πρόεδρός του, Δρ Χαράλαμπος Μπράτσας, και ο κος Σωτήρης Καραμπατάκης, Developer/Data Analyst. […]

EU copyright vote a ‘massive blow’ for internet users

- March 26, 2019 in copyright, eu, Featured, Internet, News, Policy

MEPs have today voted to press ahead with a controversial copyright crackdown in a ‘massive blow’ for all internet users. Despite a petition with over 5 million signatures and scores of protests across Europe attended by tens of thousands of people, MEPs voted by 348 to 274 in favour of the changes. It is expected to lead to the introduction of ‘filters’ on sites such as YouTube, which will automatically remove content that could be copyrighted. While entertainment footage is most likely to be affected, academics fear it could also restrict the sharing of knowledge, and critics argue it will have a negative impact on freedom of speech and expression online. EU member states will have two years to implement the law, and the regulations are still expected to affect the UK despite Brexit. Catherine Stihler, chief executive of the Open Knowledge Foundation, said:
“This vote is a massive blow for every internet user in Europe. MEPs have rejected pleas from millions of EU citizens to save the internet, and chose instead to restrict freedom of speech and expression online. We now risk the creation of a more closed society at the very time we should be using digital advances to build a more open world where knowledge creates power for the many, not the few.

But while this result is deeply disappointing, the forthcoming European elections provide an opportunity for candidates to stand on a platform to seek a fresh mandate to reject this censorship.”

Final copyright vote: MEPs must choose to save the internet

- March 26, 2019 in copyright, eu, Featured, Internet, News

MEPs will today vote on a controversial copyright crackdown that could restrict internet freedoms for millions of people. After years of negotiation, the final vote will be held on reforms that could result in automatic ‘upload filters’ which restrict what can be posted on social media platforms like YouTube. More than 5.1million people have signed a petition to ‘save the internet’, and scores of protests attended by tens of thousands of people were held across Europe at the weekend. While entertainment footage such as video game clips or copyrighted songs are most likely to be affected, academics fear it could also restrict the sharing of knowledge. The vote will be one of the last major decisions taken by MEPs before the European elections, and possibly the last by the UK’s MEPs ahead of Brexit. Over 120 MEPs have publicly pledged to vote against the crackdown, but that includes only three from the UK. Brexit does not offer an escape route from the changes, as any website that operates within the EU is likely to abide by the regulations. Catherine Stihler, chief executive of Open Knowledge International which campaigns for openness, said:
“If passed, this copyright crackdown will lead to a chilling effect on freedom of speech. It could change the web as we know it and restrict how we share research that could lead to medical breakthroughs or how we share facts to combat the spread of ‘fake news’. MEPs must choose to save the internet in this crucial vote. I particularly urge the UK’s MEPs to stand up and be counted while they still have a voice at the top table, as this will affect everyone in the UK even after Brexit. We must use digital advances for the public good and help build a more open world, not create a more closed society.”

Catherine Stihler was MEP for Scotland until January 2019. As an MEP, she was vice-chair of the European Parliament’s consumer protection committee and led the fight against the proposals. More background information on the proposal is available here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-47239600

Facebook challenged to tackle the spread of ‘fake news’ ahead of vital European elections

- February 26, 2019 in disinformation, fake news, Featured, News, Open Knowledge

Facebook’s global affairs boss Sir Nick Clegg has been challenged to tackle the spread of ‘fake news’ on Facebook ahead of vital European elections.

Catherine Stihler, chief executive of Open Knowledge International and a former MEP, has written to the former Deputy Prime Minister to request more transparency from Facebook and its assistance in resuscitating the three foundations of ‘tolerance, facts and ideas’.

Facebook has been at the centre of a series of rows about disinformation on social media, particularly in connection with the 2016 Brexit referendum.

Ms Stihler has asked for detailed statistics on efforts by Facebook to tackle disinformation, an update on the number of fake accounts the platform continues to host, what progress is being made on working with third-part fact-checkers in the EU27, and a response to this week’s Commons report which concluded that Facebook needs stricter regulation to end the spread of ‘fake news’.

In her letter to Sir Nick, Catherine Stihler wrote:

“It is imperative that we do not allow disinformation and fake news to blight this year’s European Parliamentary elections.

The acceptance of basic facts is under threat, with many expert views dismissed and a culture of ‘anti-intellectualism’ from those on the extremes of politics.

The way forward is to resuscitate the three foundations of tolerance, facts and ideas, to prevent the drift to the extremes, and Facebook has a vital role to play in that.

With the rise of extremist parties across the continent, we owe it to the people of Europe to let the facts be heard in the run-up to these crucial elections.”

On 11 February, Open Knowledge International joined a group of 35 organizations led by Mozilla that published an open letter to Facebook. Our ask to Facebook: make good on your promises to provide more transparency around political advertising ahead of the 2019 EU Parliamentary Elections. You can read the full letter and add your signature here if you wish to add your support to the campaign.

EU’s chilling copyright crackdown an ‘attack on openness’

- February 14, 2019 in copyright, eu, Internet, News

EU negotiators have struck a deal over copyright reform that is an ‘attack on openness’, the new chief executive of Open Knowledge International has warned. Catherine Stihler, a former MEP and vice-chair of the European Parliament’s consumer protection committee, said the changes will restrict internet freedoms for millions of users. The agreement will require platforms such as Youtube, Twitter or Google News to take down user-generated content that could breach intellectual property and install filters to prevent people from uploading copyrighted material. That means memes, GIFs and music remixes may be taken down because the copyright does not belong to the uploader. It could also restrict the sharing of vital research and facts, allowing ‘fake news’ to spread. The proposed changes will now head to the European Parliament for a vote among all MEPs in March or April. Open Knowledge International is a non-profit organisation which fights for open data and helps groups access and use data to address social problems. Catherine Stihler, chief executive of Open Knowledge International, said:
“This deeply disappointing deal is an attack on openness. The copyright crackdown will lead to a chilling effect on freedom of speech across the EU. We want people to be empowered to build, share and reuse their own data and content freely and openly, and this move goes against that principle. It does not enhance citizens’ rights, and could lead to Europe becoming a more closed society – restricting how we share research that could lead to medical breakthroughs or how we share facts to combat the spread of ‘fake news’. I urge MEPs to vote down this proposal and fight for a future where our world is more open.”

For more information on how you can help save your internet, you can visit saveyourinternet.eu or sign the online petition along with millions of others.

Νέα χρονιά, νέες προκλήσεις για την ομάδα του OK Greece!

- January 21, 2019 in News, Νέα

Στην πρώτη του συνάντηση εργασίας για τη φετινή χρονιά, την περασμένη Πέμπτη (17/1), το Ίδρυμα Ανοικτής Γνώσης Ελλάδας (OK Greece) έκοψε την Πρωτοχρονιάτικη πίτα του για το 2019, με τις καλύτερες ευχές για ένα δημιουργικό και ευτυχισμένο νέο χρόνο. Στο πλαίσιο της συνάντησης, ο Πρόεδρος του OK Greece Δρ. Χαράλαμπος Μπράτσας πραγματοποίησε έναν σύντομο απολογισμό της […]

Ποια στοιχεία έχουν σημασία στην Ευρώπη; Προς μια δημόσια συζήτηση σχετικά με τα δεδομένα μεγάλης αξίας της Ευρώπης και την οδηγία για το PSI

- January 18, 2019 in Featured, Featured @en, News, ανοικτά δεδομένα, δείκτες, Νέα

Από τον Danny Lämmerhirt Αυτό το κείμενο γράφτηκε συνεργατικά από τους Danny Lämmerhirt, Pierre Chrzanowski και Sander van der Waal  Η 22α Ιανουαρίου θα σηματοδοτήσει μία κρίσιμη στιγμή για το μέλλον των ανοικτών δεδομένων στην Ευρώπη. Εκείνη την ημέρα, ο τελικός τριμερής διάλογος μεταξύ της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής, του Κοινοβουλίου και του Συμβουλίου σχεδιάζεται να αποφασίσει σχετικά με την επικύρωση της […]

Paul Walsh is joining Viderum as CEO

- December 19, 2018 in News, Viderum

I am delighted to announce that from January 1st 2019 I am moving from Open Knowledge International (OKI) to join OKI’s sister organization Viderum as CEO. In my 4.5 years at OKI, I’ve had the privilege of working across a wide range of the activity the organisation engages in. I’ve written software for immediate deployment into government offices, designed technical platforms for our grant funded work, curated a number of data specifications, led on the delivery of projects large and small, and run the organisation as a whole as part of the senior management team. It has truly been a dynamic ride, and I’m grateful for the experience I have acquired both personally and professionally. Over this time I have also had the privilege of working with, being mentored by, and mentoring, a number of exceptional people. OKI has always attracted amazing, unique, and motivated people with its broad and inspiring mission. I’ve never been in a working environment quite like it, and it is the main aspect of work that I will miss once I leave. In joining Viderum as CEO, I am moving on, but not too far away. Viderum was spun out of OKI  to provide high quality CKAN-based data management solutions for clients world over. My move follows on from recent changes at Viderum, and together with Rufus Pollock and the rest of the Viderum team, I’ll be leading on a renewed approach to our core data management business. There is huge, undeveloped potential for next generation open source data management solutions across government, business and enterprise, and we are well positioned as a team to provide vision and execution of new and innovative approaches building on CKAN, Frictionless Data, and other open source software. For the next couple of months, in addition to my new role, I will be continuing in my current senior management role at OKI with Karin Christiansen, though at reduced capacity, so we can support Catherine Stihler as she moves in post as OKI’s new CEO. Going forward, I can be reached for Viderum-related business at paul.walsh@viderum.com. I want to thank the OKI Board for all of their support over my time at OKI, and in particular, Karin Christiansen, both as board chair and in her role as interim Executive Director over the last 6 months.   About Viderum Viderum is a data management solutions provider. Founded as a separate company in 2015, Viderum creates, maintains, and deploys data management technologies for government, enterprise, and the non-profit sector using CKAN and other open source software. About Paul Walsh Paul Walsh is a technologist with experience implementing software, managing teams, and generating business across the commercial and non-profit sectors. Read more about Paul here.

Το Ίδρυμα Ανοικτής Γνώσης Ελλάδος υποστηρικτής του OLLD19

- December 10, 2018 in News, Εκδηλώσεις, Νέα

Το Thessaloniki Active & Healthy Ageing Living Lab (ThessAHALL) του Εργαστηρίου Ιατρικής Φυσικής, του Αριστοτελείου Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλονίκης (ΑΠΘ) και το European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) σας προσκαλούν την ερχόμενη Τετάρτη 12 Δεκεμβρίου 2018 και ώρα 12:00-14:00 στην επίσημη ανακοίνωση της ανάληψης διοργάνωσης και διεξαγωγής του επόμενου διεθνούς συνεδρίου Open Living Lab Days 2019 (OLLD19), […]