Online / 5 & 6 February 2022


Why the pandemic could help FOSS, but was a win for proprietary software

During the pandemic we have experienced a sudden growth of remote activities, with people working and studying from home. Most proprietary solutions were not suited for the task, as they were not compliant with GDPR, as they were profiling users beyond the provided service, and in many cases could not guarantee that end user data were maintained within Europe acconrding to EU legislations. Unfortunately, EU governments ignored the situation and signed contracts with big techs for remote work and remote teaching, exposing the personal information of million of EU citizens - the majority of them being students - to unauthorized practices. OSS could be the answer, but was ignored because there wasn't enough time to deploy appropriate solutions. The talk tries to provide a different perspective.


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