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Building Europe’s Digital Sovereignty: the role of open source, edge computing and Gaia-X

11 May 2021 - 16:00 // 17:00

In early March 2021, the European Commission presented its 2030 Digital Compass, a concrete vision and specific targets for Europe to become a leader in the digital space over the next decade. The document acknowledged Europe’s vulnerabilities, its increased dependency on critical, often non-EU based, technologies, and the reliance on a few big tech companies, with less than 4% of the top online platforms being European. That digital transition, in which the European Union has agreed to invest at least a 20% of the Recovery and Resilience Facility, requires Europe to strengthen its own cloud infrastructure and capacities and to develop strategic technologies. In this virtual event we will discuss with several experts the role that open source, edge computing and GAIA-X are expected to play in the process of building Europe’s digital sovereignty, and both the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.


Jordi Guijarro: Cyber Security Innovation Director at i2CAT Foundation, GAIA-X Association.


Stéfane Fermigier: Co-chair of the French National Council for Free and Open Source Software (CNLL).

Raquel Jorge Ricart: Fulbright Fellow, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.

José Manrique López de la Fuente: CEO of Bitergia, CHAOSS Community.

Alberto P. Martí: VP of Open Source Community Relations at OpenNebula, GAIA-X Association.

Shuaib Siddiqui: i2CAT Foundation Research Coordinator, GAIA-X Association.

Adam Smith: Managing Consultant for Digital Sovereignty & Government Cloud at HiSolutions.


You can register for the event here.

11 May 2021
11 May 2021