at MozFest House, 21 October 2019

Public Spaces, Private Data: can we build a better internet?
21 October 2019, 09:00-18:00, Royal Society of Arts (RSA), 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ.

The internet has enormous potential to be a force for public good, with many initiatives working to create an open, inclusive and trustworthy network. and BBC Research and Development have worked together to organise this one day conference at MozFest House during Mozilla Foundation’s week-long open internet festival.

It will explore ways in which we could make a new internet that strengthens the public domain and deliver public value online, in line with PublicSpaces commitment to providing an ecosystem of alternative digital tools that serve the common interest and does not seek profit.

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Beyond Platforms Initiative launched

Beyond Platforms is a new initiative for devising a European digital public sphere. It was started by Bertram Gugel, Markus Heidmeier and Florian Hager. On 1 and 2 August 2019 the first workshop of the Beyond Platforms Initiative took place at Alex Berlin. 40 inspired and inspiring people worked in teams on six thematic areas: Values, Infrastructure, Contents/Business, Experience, Dissemination and Storytelling. Continue reading Beyond Platforms Initiative launched

“The Broadcast System of Society 3.0”, Barbara Thomass in the ORF Public Value Report

The just released ORF Public Value Report 2019 makes prominent mention of EPOS. Under Remit #14 Innovation it gives excerpts from the Annual Public Value Study “Alliances, cooperations, platforms” that will be published in fall 2019. We document in English translation the contribution by Barbara Thomass, Professor for International Comparison of Media Systems at the Institute for Media Studies, University of Bochum, Germany. Continue reading “The Broadcast System of Society 3.0”, Barbara Thomass in the ORF Public Value Report

An Internet Directorate – a path towards EPOS?

The technological possibilities of digitisation, networking, in particular the (mobile) Internet as well as mobile apps and terminals, require a new understanding of a public law approach to interactive and/or audiovisual media. In order to do justice to the digital potential for the generation and distribution of specific and general public content, we call for a separate Internet fund to be allocated from the broadcasting fee. Continue reading An Internet Directorate – a path towards EPOS?

Public-civic initiative „PUBLIC OPEN SPACE“ launches vision

The PUBLIC OPEN SPACE Vision is the result of ongoing deliberations among representatives of science, public-service and non-commercial media as well as civil society organisations from Austria, Germany and Switzerland. It was presented to the public for the first time during the Communication Science Days 2019 of the Austrian Society of Communication Science (ÖGK) and the Institute for Journalism and Communication Science of the University of Vienna on 26 April 2019. See the list of initial signatories. We are documenting it here English translation. Continue reading Public-civic initiative „PUBLIC OPEN SPACE“ launches vision

What is EPOS?

While Public Service Media (PSM) are under pressure from multiple angles, they remain one of the most important sites for public information, culture and integration. The proposed project builds on commonalities between PSM organizations, public knowledge institutions like Europeana and commons communities like Wikipedia and explores how democracy might be revitalized by them jointly setting up European Public Open Spaces (EPOS). The EPOS project explores how the establishment of a Europe-wide participatory platform, free from state and market interests – that draws on existing PSM activities – would further enhance and protect the public sphere.

EPOS is a project for conceptualizing a European public sphere constituted jointly by PSM, public knowledge institutions, knowledge commons communities and audience organisations. EPOS consists of three modules:

  1. research (on issues of participation, knowledge regimes, theories of deliberative and transnational, European public sphere and democracy and challenges in an algorithmically controlled online environment),
  2. working groups of stakeholders from the four constituencies and
  3. prototyping activities that showcase what EPOS could be.

Here is a short project description in German and in English:

EPOS is a research and development project by Barbara Thomaß, Leonhard Dobusch, Ellen Euler, Christine Horz, Christian Herzog, Phil Ramsey and Volker Grassmuck.