Waag is a co-initiator of the PublicSpaces Foundation, a coalition of now 70 public organisations working together on a digital ecosystem based on public values. The coalition is working towards an alternative software ecosystem that represents the public interest and is not for profit. PublicSpaces works towards a new platform for social interaction, where users are not viewed as exploitable assets or data sources, but as equal partners that share a common public interest.
Annual international conference
Every year, PublicSpaces organises an international conference. With this conference, the foundation facilitates public debate around a healthier digital ecosystem. We get together with more than 300 people on behalf of public culture, media, education, health and government organisations, who want to contribute to a safe and accessible public space on the internet.
PublicSpaces Conference 2023: For a Collective Internet
On Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 June 2023, Waag Futurelab and the PublicSpaces Foundation will organise the third edition of the PublicSpaces conference.