The twenty-third edition of FOSDEM takes place Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th February 2023 in Brussels, Belgium. For the first time there will be a DevRoom that focuses on the subject of Sovereign Cloud and its practical aspect for digital sovereignty.
The Sovereign Cloud DevRoom is for discussing topics and issues of user privacy and sovereignty and the intersection with the needs of infrastructure providers in the cloud computing era.
A few topic examples to illustrate (a longer list is below):
These are just a few example suggestions, we welcome proposals on any aspects around these topic.
More topic ideas and details on how to submit proposals is below.
The recent EU focus on digital sovereignity has brought fresh attention and innovation to a problem area many of us have been interested in and working on for a long time. This DevRoom focuses on a practical aspect of digital sovereignty: how it affects user-oriented and potentially privacy-containing infrastructure in the cloud computing era.
This aspect is the sovereign cloud, the intersection of digital sovereignty and a modern cloud-centric way to create and sustain infrastructure, operations, and development to address the needs of users (which may be other cloud services or actual, real people.)
With the rise of the Confidential Computing Consortium (https://confidentialcomputing.io/), some people feel we are beginning to achieve "sovereign enough" where it comes to the balance of the needs of the individual and the needs of tech companies et al. But there are just as many other voices calling attention to potential problems and unfulfillable needs of staying on that path.
Looking at the entire landscape of the problem, it's clear that Confidential Computing also aligns with usage on a sovereign cloud. It is a tool to ensure the least amount of provider trust, and it is still a good idea until we've moved new processor architectures into the mainstream that are less impacted by predictive execution vulnerabilities. So while it is not perfect, making it harder for an attacker is always a good idea where feasible.
In looking for other paths to fill more needs, we naturally come to the intersection of Free/Open where interests from different backgrounds pursuing different goals suddenly find themselves working together in a common direction. Two of those groups are part of the organizing committee for this devroom:
As a way of addressing the holistic needs and supporting a truly balanced digital sovereignty, organizations such as the overeign Cloud Stack (https://scs.community/) have come together to provide a complete technology solution, standards as well as reference implementations, that can be proven and recognized by everyone as a truly sovereign cloud.
In this area where the requirements of a sovereign cloud are being met is another intersection from the ecosytem of Free and Open Source software development. The idea of Open Operations is essential to projects such as Operate First that provide a developer-friendly post-CI/CD platform for running, testing, and proving Open Source services.
Longer list of topic ideas - this is not an exclusive list, feel free to submit further ideas:
Again, these are just suggestions. We welcome proposals on any aspects around these topic.
Format and lengths of submissions:
- Long (40 minutes, including Q&A) - Short (20 minutes, including Q&A) - Lightning (5 minutes, no Q&A)
Aside from Presentation also Meetings/Discussions are welcome for topics where a BoF-style (Birds of Feather) session is appropriate.
Your submission must include the following information:
First and last name / Nickname (optional)/ Image
Mobile phone number (this is a very hard requirement as there will be no other reliable form of emergency communication on the day)
Title and subtitle of your talk (please be descriptive, as titles will be listed with ~500 from other projects)
Track: Select “Sovereign Cloud DevRoom” as the track
Persons: Add yourself as the speaker with your bio
Description: Abstract (required)/ Full Description (optional)
Links to related websites / blogs etc.
Beyond giving us the above, let us know if there’s anything else you’d like to share as part of your submission – Twitter handle, GitHub activity
history – whatever works for you. We especially welcome videos of you speaking elsewhere, or even just a list of talks you have done previously.
First time speakers are, of course, welcome!
For issues with Pentabarf, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to send a notification of your submission to that email.
If you need to get in touch with the organisers or program committee of the Sovereign Cloud DevRoom, email us at email@example.com
FOSDEM website https://fosdem.org/2023/
FOSDEM code of conduct https://fosdem.org/2023/practical/conduct/