Digital Public Space and Interoperability: New report and live event

Commons Network and Open Future published a new research report about interoperability, in which we demonstrate why we need generative interoperability to build public and civic digital spaces. To mark the publication of our new report about generative interoperability, we hosted a live event on the 22nd of March at 3pm (CET). You can now watch the event here and download the report below:

Download the full report here

Download the summary of the report here

Generative Interoperability: Building Public and Civic Spaces Online is a collaborative effort between Commons Network and Open Future, developed with the generous support of Nesta and the Next Generation Internet programme of the EU. The report builds on the earlier work on a ‘Our Vision of a Shared Digital Europe’, a new frame for digital policymaking in the EU towards a more equitable and democratic digital environment, beyond market logic.

We investigated what the role of interoperability can be in a transformation of the digital environment towards more public-civic spaces. Our research led us to find a new conceptualization of the term interoperability: generative interoperability as a positive norm that is the foundation for an open online ecosystem. This norm is part of a larger approach to building more democratic digital spaces.

Interoperability is one of the original design principles underpinning the internet, allowing the internet to grow to its current size. But what kind of interoperability would serve as a solution to the problems of today’s internet? Discussions around interoperability often focus on what we call ‘competitive interoperability’. It’s necessary that we shift our perspective, from a single platform to an ecosystem view. Public policies should actively co-create other ecosystems and the new economy.

On 22 March at 15:00 CET, Sophie Bloemen (Commons Network) and Alek Tarkowski (Open Future) will discuss this in a conversation with Amandine Le Pape (COO and co-founder of Element, co-founder and guardian of the Matrix Foundation) and Ian Brown (visiting CyberBRICS Professor at FGV Law School) while presenting the findings of the report Generative Interoperability: Building Public and Civic Spaces Online.

Download the full report here