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(UTC+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris
13:00 - 14:00

Registration and networking

14:10 - 14:25

Keynote from the European Commission

14:25 - 14:40

Inspirational Talk

Digital commons – non-rivalrous and non-exclusive resources defined by distributed and communal production, ownership and governance of informational capacities and technologies – have great potential to play a crucial role in making this vision reality. With a big part of free and open-source software, hardware, standards, and data fitting this definition digital commons power a large part of the internet infrastructure and servers and can be considered key components of modern digital infrastructure. This call for a reflection of their impact on the future developments of the internet and key aspects such as security, privacy, and the strategic value of digital commons in building a human-centric and trust-worthy digital future for all that is at the heart of the European Declaration on Digital Principles and rights.

The panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges in the development and maintenance of digital commons in Europe, the current investment schemes at national and European level and the possible avenues for a European approach to stimulate further the existing community of ‘commoners’.

15:40 - 16:10

Coffee and networking break

16:10 - 16:25

Inspirational talk

Three European Commission’s flagship initiatives – the European Digital Identity (EUDI) Regulation, reinforced by the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI), and the Next Generation Internet (NGI) – have great potential to boost the adoption of digital identities across Europe and to prepare for future implementation. Driven by a common set of values, they aim, among others, to shape a user-centric digital identity and establish an enabling ecosystem for the Web 4.0 era.

The panel will explore whether – and how – the three initiatives could steer technological developments towards social and environmental good, ensuring that digital identity solutions empower and protect users in the EU and across the globe, leading to a safer, more connected, and sustainable world for all.

The invited experts will examine potential synergies between the initiatives to reinforce the adoption of digital identities across Europe and facilitate cross-border services while prioritising inclusion, user protection and privacy. The panel will furthermore explore future evolutions of digital identity, challenges and ways to shape a user-centric digital identity ecosystem for Web 4.0 that would foster trust and confidence in the digital realm globally.

Europe is currently piloting an open and distributed Web search ecosystem to support European Web search solutions. The core of European Web infrastructure is a substantial Open Web Index, hosted and maintained in a distributed manner across a number of European computing centres. The invited speakers will examine the current state and potential of this initiative. They will also reflect on the challenges in setting up such a cooperative undertaking.

The panel will discuss how start-ups and innovators can build and offer their services based on such the European Open Search infrastructure in the future. The panel will in particular address the overall role of web search in the current and future development of Large Language Models and the potential of an open and distributed web search model to train Large Language Models and build diverse public and commercial Web services at scale while remaining in line with European values and jurisdiction.

Including one inspiring speech

08:30 - 09:00

Coffee and networking

09:10 - 09:40

NGI Impact Stories showcasing exceptional contributions from NGI innovators

Open-source components are literally everywhere in the digital infrastructure, products and services. The modern ecosystem offers a wealth of advantages for an open-source software developer, enabling fast, permission-less innovation However, incorporating third-party code, even from trusted sources, introduces an element of uncertainty. This uncertainty is precisely where supply chain attacks come into play and underscore the need for a proactive approach to security.

When contributing to or relying on open-source or any software development projects, it is essential to consider the integrity of the entire supply chain and ensure that all contributors across the chain adhere to best security practices. Collaborative efforts within the open-source community, such as code audits and timely updates, are essential in maintaining a robust defence against supply chain threats.

The panel will bring together experts in the area of software supply chain, open source and the software industry. It will discuss how open source empowers developers, but also obliges them to be vigilant guardians of the software supply chain and how, balancing the benefits with the risks, security measures are essential to uphold the trust placed in open-source development.

10:40 - 11:10

Refreshments and networking break

11:10 - 11:25

Inspirational Talk

The Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative supports open, interoperable, decentralised and trust-based internet applications through several ‘Fediverse’ projects. The Fediverse consists of a set of open protocols and independent, interoperable social media platforms, which provide the users with an alternative to the traditional, centralised social media platforms. It has grown significantly over the past 2 years but it still does not enjoy a critical mass comparable to such well-established platforms.

The session will explore what advantages the Fediverse can count on to grow as well as possible hurdles that need to be overcome to achieve its full potential. Experts in the panel, including by presenting some successful projects, will discuss how decentralised social media are different from the centralised ones, why the underlying features – such as increased users' privacy and empowerment – increasingly fit the needs of people, and what would be needed for a further uptake.

12:40 - 14:00

Lunch and networking

14:00 - 15:00

Workshop 3 - The NGI Ecosystem - More than Funding

15:00 - 15:20

Short break

15:20 - 16:20

Workshop 5 - Digital identity and sensitive data sharing

15:20 - 16:20

Workshop 6 - Meet the innovators behind the NGI impact stories

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