BCS Internet specialist group event.


Amanda Brock CEO, OpenUK


18:00 - Webinar starts
18:30 - Main presentation
19:30 - Q&A
20:00 - Close


Europe has been driving down a track of digital sovereignty, building an infrastructure around data sovereignty in Gaia-X, with the setting aside of the privacy shield in Schrems 2 and in the Digital Services Act and Digital Marketing Act proposals in late 2020.

Notably the infrastructure in Europe is being built on open source software, looking to open data to create citizen trust and transparency.

Relationships between China, the US and Europe have also been in a state of flux. One constant for all nations despite geo political shift is the use of Open Technology - whether software, hardware and data - across both the public sector and business in the new world order.

How is the rest of the world dealing with these geo political shifts and where is the place for open source software, the foundation on which these infrastructures are being built, and for which global collaboration sits at its heart.

Looking to the UK where geo political shift is most clearly defined by Brexit, what does this mean for open collaboration and how is the UK dealing with digital and data sovereignty and creating trust through transparency and the use of open?

About the speaker

Amanda Brock

Amanda BrockAmanda is CEO of the UK body for Open Technology, being open source software, open hardware and open data”, OpenUK; European Representative of the world’s biggest defensive patent pool, the Open Invention Network; OASIS Open Projects' Advisory Council Member (open source and open standards); Advisory Board Member KDE; and a member of various commercial and start up Advisory Boards including Mimoto as well as mentoring C Suite individuals.

Amanda has previously been the Chair of the Open Source and Intellectual Property (IP) Advisory Group of the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs; CEO of the Trustable Software Engineering Project, focused on solutions to risk in Open Source Software; and a member of the Cabinet Office Advisory on Open Source; General Counsel of Canonical, one of the world’s biggest open source companies and the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, setting up the global legal team and running this for 5 years. As a senior lawyer she worked across a range of sectors including mobile, ISP, data centre and digital financial services in Emerging Markets. She has worked internationally since 2000 across EMEA, US, AsiaPac and Emerging Markets, based out of both the UK and Amsterdam.

Amanda has contributed to the leadership and strategy of a number of businesses and multi-organisational collaborative projects, and Open Source initiatives. She has expertise in Open Source software, collaboration across businesses, developing product and strategy, risk, governance, and compliance, IP, Standards, Circular Economy, contracting and commercialisation in digital and provides consultancy and advisory services. She’s worked in digital transformation since 2000.

Amanda was a member of the Open Stack Drafting Committee during its set up in 2012 and has a long-standing engagement with and understanding of the platform economy.

She is a regular international keynote speaker, podcast guest and panel member, and author covering digital, business and revenue models, Open Source, policy and legal issues, with a particular focus on open for good. She writes regularly for both academic journals and the tech press including Information Age, The Reg and CBRDigital. She is an Executive Editor and co-Founder of the Journal of Open Law Technology and Society (formerly IFOSSLR), a Fellow of the Open Forum Academy and a guest editor of an IEE Special Edition on Open Data.

Amanda is the Editor of the book, Free and Open Source Software: Law, Policy and Practice”, 2nd Edition, to be published by Oxford University Press in Summer 2021 with open access sponsored by the Vietsch Foundation and contributed to by 20 leading figures in open source.

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Webinar: Digital Sovereignty, Gaia X, New Regulation and Open UK
Date and time
Thursday 8 April, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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