PROFIT at OpenFest Conference

PROFIT project participated in OpenFest 2017, which took place at Sofia, Bulgaria on 4-5 November 2017 and was organized by the Open Projects Foundation. OpenFest is the biggest Bulgarian conference dedicated to the free culture, free knowledge sharing, free and open source software. It is the most anticipated annual gathering of fans, creators and supporters of the open source and free art in Bulgaria. The purpose of OpenFest is to promote projects created with free and open software and to provide a forum for exchanging ideas and best practices in the field. Themes related to the free/open art also have their reserved spot in the festival’s program.

The slogan of OpenFest is “Let’s share the freedom!

The first OpenFest happened in 2003 in Sofia and since then it is held every year – sometimes in several Bulgarian cities simultaneously. The organizer of OpenFest is the Open Projects Foundation, supported by the whole free/open source community in Bulgaria, many partners, sponsors, and friends.

Peter Hanečák (EEA) presented the PROFIT project – the platform in general and “My Data” features, in particular, to the the audience. Additionally, aspects of the features, platform, project, Open Data, My Data and GDPR were discussed during the Q&A session after the presentation. Based on the Q&A session after the presentation the main “take away” from the conference for the project is:

  • Some people are worried about privacy (but are unsure whether and to what degree GDPR may help) while others do not care (for various reasons: lack of understanding, convenience, etc.)
  • Thus the project will need to work hard on explaining handling of personal data within the platform so that average people (without IT background) do understand what and how is happening with their personal data and whether and how they can influence or control it.

You can access PROFIT’s presentation at OpenFest here, as well as view the presentation video on YouTube.

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