Public Procurement: Free Software's wild frontier

A session at Open World Forum 2013

  • Karsten Gerloff

Friday 4th October, 2013

10:45am to 10:45am (PMT)

Public bodies are squandering public funds through procurement practices which are often deficient, and frequently illegal. The way public bodies go about buying software and related services often falls short of minimal legal requirements, not to mention of the loftier goals of encouraging competition and avoiding discrimination. This is highly problematic, as public bodies' procurement choices exercise significant influence on the development of Europe's high-tech economy. Building on a review of both positive and negative experiences, along with an overview of Free Software-related policies in different European countries, we make a number of concrete recommendations on how procurement practices in Europe's public sector can be systematically improved.

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Karsten Gerloff

President, FSFE

Karsten Gerloff is the **President of the Free Software Foundation Europe**. FSFE's mission as an independent not-for-profit organisation is to promote freedom in the information society through Free Software.

Karsten Gerloff works together with developers, activists, business leaders and high-level political decision makers in order to create an environment where Free Software can reach its full potential. He leads FSFE's participation in community and policy processes at the European and global level, and is a frequent speaker at a wide variety of conferences and events.

Karsten Gerloff has conducted extensive research on the economic and social effects of Free Software for the European Commission and other clients, and has led the development of training materials for Free Software entrepreneurs in Southern and Eastern Africa.

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10:45am Public Procurement: Free Software's wild frontier by Karsten Gerloff

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Time 10:45am10:45am PMT

Date Fri 4th October 2013


ElePHPant (2.03), Beffroi de Montrouge

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