Open Digital Infrastructure

Open Digital Infrastructure represents the set of open-source code, standards and knowledge assets that digital building blocks like software libraries, compilers, communication or network protocols are composed of.

They are created by individuals, volunteer communities, in research institutions and SMEs or other corporate environments. Together, they form a foundation of free and public code that is designed to solve common challenges – firstly, in programming, but when applied, also to provide a multitude of core functions for society.

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Cutting through open washing

To what extent should open source AI systems be exempt from regulation?

Research Question
How can legislation promote the development of AI that is truly "open," without inadvertently creating backdoors for large technology companies to escape emerging risk-focused legislation?
Why is this important to answer?

Open source AI has the potential to make the digital economy less concentrated, safer and more transparent compared to its proprietary alternatives. Nevertheless, regulators have not yet found the right balance between unlocking its full potential and mitigating the societal risks related to its development and use.