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PublicSpaces Bazaar

During this festival full of art, culture and good conversations, there will be plenty of room for visitors to meet providers of concrete solutions and tools at the PublicSpaces Bazaar. See which organisations will be present or plan an appointment in advance.

You will find the Bazaar on Tuesday 27 June in the Foyer on the second floor.

Publicroam

Publicroam is a service that provides visitors automatic and secure access to public Wi-Fi networks. Once registered, visitors automatically connect to all participating organisations. Publicroam is now available at more than 750 locations in the Netherlands, including municipalities, water boards, libraries, museums, etc. Sign up online and get access immediately ā€” for free and with respect for your privacy.

Therp

Integrated software is indispensable for managing and supporting all the processes in any given organisation. From CRM to invoicing, from purchasing to delivery, or from planning to reporting: Odoo provides the solutions your organisation needs. Therp has a wealth of knowledge and experience with Odoo and helps clients to find and build solutions for things not included in the standard version of Odoo. If you have questions about Odoo, open source, or customisation, Therp would love to hear from you!

Murena

Murena is a company working to combines 'privacy-by-design' smartphones with safe and transparent online services. They sell completely privacy-safe smartphones  that collect zero data about their users. Murenaā€™s software is also 100% open-source, which means their privacy promises can be (and often are!) verified by anyone. Their software includes: 1) /e/OS, a fork of the Android Open Source Project, which is compatible with all 3 million Android apps, 2) a suite of default, open-source applications, 3) Murena Cloud, a cloud storage solution for, sync, backup and PC access. You can install Murenaā€™s software on more than 200 varieties of smartphones and tablets. Visit their online shop to order a wide range of different smartphones with the software pre-installed.

PublicSpaces

PublicSpaces Foundation is a unique coalition of several public organisations. Under the PublicSpaces umbrella, we are working together to solve a common problem: they are largely dependent on Big Tech and their platforms for their communication, information and media circulation. These are primarily driven by commercial interests and thus do not assume public values such as privacy, autonomy and transparency.

We engage in various activities to build a digital ecosystem based on public values. From topical articles, events and an annual conference to raise awareness around the issue, to practical help for public organisations in the form of the Digital Power Wash or working together on a fairer internet in various research and development projects. We are also constantly expanding the network nationally and locally as well as internationally and Europe-wide, such as in the SDEPS coalition(Shared Digital European Public Sphere). The more partners, the greater the clout!

Meet our team at the conference and make an appointment at our stand at the bazaar.

Aknostic

Aknostic designs, builds and manages cloud infrastructure, and specialises in Kubernetes. It thus creates a platform for developers to interact with their infrastructure. The Kubernetes technology offers a standardised and open source framework. It aligns and promotes public values by enabling businesses, government agencies and non-profit organisations to achieve greater efficiency, scalability, and accessibility in managing their applications.

OpenEdu

At OpenEdu, we understand that technology and education go hand in hand. That's why we tackle both technical and pedagogical challenges using a wide range of open-source applications. Our modular and integrated platform offers solutions for various educational needs.

Our core applications, such as Moodle Premium, Mahara, Bigbluebutton, and Odoo Education, form the backbone of our offering. However, we go beyond just integrating open-source applications. All our products come with extensive web services and seamlessly integrate with administration systems, other LMS platforms, and popular tools like Office 365, MS Teams, Google Business, and more. This allows us to quickly adapt to the latest trends and needs in the education landscape.

OpenEdu stands for open-source technology based on open standards for open education. Since 2008, we have been making online and blended learning accessible and affordable for learning organizations in both the Netherlands and Belgium. Our vision is that an online learning environment should be available as a utility service, without concerns about capacity, storage space, or bandwidth.

With over 10 years of experience, we have achieved significant milestones. We invite you to collaborate with us and benefit from our expertise in delivering innovative and accessible education solutions. Discover what OpenEdu can do for your organization today.

Freedom Internet

The relatively new provider Freedom offers internet, TV and telephone over both the DSL network and various fibre optic networks. Freedom is committed to an open and safe internet, working according to the principle of privacy by design. At Freedom, youā€™re not a number, but a person. Freedom prefers to work for satisfied customers and a safer and freer internet than for profit-hungry shareholders. If you also believe in the importance of a safe and private internet, drop by the stand for more information (or pick up a sticker and help Freedom to become better known in the Netherlands).

Mave.io

Mave.io is a European-owned, privacy-conscious alternative to Vimeo and YouTube. Mave.io allows users to add videos to their websites without collecting any personal information from visitors. Mave also enables developers to create a rich video experience, including closed captioning and digital accessibility support, with just a single line of code. Visit the Mave.io booth and play with the arcade machine to discover what makes Mave so interesting.

Forum Standaardisatie

We all want to be able to exchange digital data with each other safely and easily. The Netherlands Standardisation Forum helps to make this possible by testing and setting open standards for public organisations. These standards improve the cooperation between companies, citizens and government. The Standardisation Forum is an advisory committee made up of experts from a variety of government organisations, and the business and scientific communities. The members are appointed in a personal capacity by the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. At PublicSpaces, the Standardisation Forum will provide information about open standards through demonstrations of the following products: Internet.nl (secure internet), Open Standards Decision Tree (Beslisboom Open Standaarden, open standards in purchasing processes), PDFchecker (inclusion via digital accessibility), and the open standards list as linked open data (greater access and transparency).

 

Link products: Internet.nl, Open Standards Decision Tree, PDFchecker, Open Standards List

Ubuntu Touch

Ubuntu Touch builds mobile software putting privacy and freedom at the forefront, with the support of the UBports community. As a viable alternative to Android and iOS, the free Ubuntu Touch GNU/Linux-based mobile operating system offers a unique smartphone experience. Developed as an open source project, Ubuntu Touch contains no hidden nuts and bolts. Your data is kept exactly where you want it to be: on your own device, and nowhere else.

Greenhost

Greenhost provides socially responsible digital infrastructures, where it's possible to balance trust, safety, and usability. They believe many people will prefer open source, privacy-preserving alternatives, if the technical barriers to entry (like complex installation procedures, server maintenance, multiple logins, manual updates, etc) will be removed. Stackspin is the bridge between value-driven people and value-aligned tools. Itā€™s an open source work collaboration suite, combining the best apps in open source cloud collaboration with easy installation, security, automatic updates, single login, and a custom dashboard. Ideal for value-driven SMEs, research groups, NGOs, community organisers, and anyone looking to use open source tools in a fully managed an integrated way. At the Bazaar you will get the chance to try out Stackspin on a custom PublicSpaces instance.

 

Cloudburst

The Internet is traditionally a decentralised infrastructure formed by many parties that autonomously operate networks. Recently there is an uptake in using cloud providers making a large part of internet users their customer. This development centralises the Internet and creates dependencies on a few large cloud providers, without users noticing. With Cloudburst, SIDN Labs demonstrates an Internet where one or more of these parties are disabled. Using this tool users can experience what happens to their applications and their browsing experience when one of these cloud providers becomes unavailable.

CEDO

The current digital educational system is dominated by tech giants. Fundamental rights, like the privacy, freedom and sovereignty of children, parents and educators are insufficiently secured. Ed-tech is mainly closed source and full of vendor lockins. Products are either overpriced, harvesting data, or both. The time to replace surveillance capitalist based Ed-tech by ethical open source alternatives is now. That is what our coalition for fair digital education wants to achieve.
 

Private companies do not have the same interests as public institutions like schools. Schools do not have the time, knowledge or budget to hack their own IT environment together. Hence, BigTech and Ed-Tech fix this problem for schools, by offering services that have a very low price tag in euro's, but the actual payment is in data: meta data, "service"-data and user-data. DPIA you say? (Detailed Privacy Impact Analysis) That will achieve sort-of-legally compliant services at max. If only the authorities would actually bite, but alas, enforcement is lax, and four years of GDPR and the IT environment in schools is still riddled with privacy risks. Essential online services are out-of-scope of the DPIA's and purposes like "product improvement" (read: feeding AI and machine learning algorithms) is GDPR-Okay. If you or your kid goes to a 'Google school' and is forced to use a Chromebook, you'll be producing data to train Google, and you will be trained to love Google services. Consequently children won't develop core digital skills or a critical attitude toward digital services.

 

Thus, there is a huge gap between core values of Big Tech companies versus public values in the educational system. Therefore, enforcement to make Big Tech embrace those public values will never be effective. ā€‹ā€‹ā€‹ā€‹ā€‹ ā€‹ā€‹That is why we need to build a school IT environment based upon public values: transparent, with free and open source software, privacy-by-design, decentralized, fair and respecting our digital sovereignty. This is a huge project and a lot of work, so join us. Drop by at the bazaar to meet us.