Laura Garbati


Laura is an Italian intellectual property lawyer, Laura works in the public sector and is a strong supporter of open source software.

Webinar 1 : "Free software acquisition by public administrations"

November 25, 2020 - 11:30 - 13:00 (CET)

This first webinar has been facilitated by Laura Garbati, lawyer at the CSI Piemonte

Nowadays free software is spreading more and more to the enterprise level: open source is no more the “enemy”. Why? Because it works! And the private sector is quick to pick up what works…

But what about the Public Administration? The public sector has reasons, unknown to the private sector, for choosing the “open alternative” : not only ethical reasons, but also principle as transparency, competition, public money spending, etc. And free software can also help to speed up the transforming process from a passive PA, as user, to a “pro-active” digital PA. So PA should be ready to consider software not only as a tool, but as a valuable asset for the growth of the society.

At the same time, PA must comply with specific procurement rules. In this picture, what elements are or could be involved in such a procurement process that can lead to more conscious and open procurement? More importantly, to what extent is the public administration really paying attention to the tools already available to guide a more "open" procurement process that allows for the consideration of open source software? Listening to both public and private actors, we will try to study tools and best (or bad) practices in PA and FOSS procurement..

Webinar 3 : "Open source governance within public administrations"

January 27, 2021 - 11:30 - 13:00 (CET)

Laura Garbabti will take part as a speaker in the 3rd webinar on 27 January.