At #SocialHub we're preparing a great event in the form of two webinars and a workshop in April, for representatives of the European Commission.
Interest for the event came from EC itself, who via @NGIZero - funder of many great AP projects - approached SocialHub to organize.
You can help prepare and certainly join the Event!
The #EC just laid out their digital targets for 2030
Per 4 years they set their #OSS strategy
All this is where our #FediverseFutures align.
The EC/EU also realizes that they need to cooperate with open communities and innovative initiatives to achieve their goals.
And that these initiatives are often fighting uphill battle against Big Tech and need to be supported by funding and other forms of help.
"The Commission provides information to the public via various commercial, closed-source and centralised social media [..] accessible only to users who agree to legally and ethically controversial practices. Thus far, it has not provided [..] platforms that support open-source social networking protocols such as #ActivityPub [..]"
@humanetech Now a world where officials listen to experts and strive to provide value to everyone while preserving their freedom, is a world I want to live in!
@kakure yes, certainly and I do to. We are all there to remind them of this world if there's doubt about direction in the ways it is being built :)
@humanetech @activitypub @NGIZero Would be very cool if successful. Working in the Brussels bubble, I do see some things moving at different parts of the Commission, which is nice to see (e.g. Commission-wide adoption of Matomo, Drupal). Still long way to go, esp. in legislation (thinking e.g. of FOSS in public procurement).
It is great to hear they are also focusing on supporting other alternatives for big tech services, such as @Matomo
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