"Even those who have nothing to hide have a right to privacy"

"Even those who have nothing to hide have a right to privacy"

Interview by Süddeutsche Zeitung with Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange

The digital world is changing rapidly and its influence on our lives is growing. We generate more data than ever before and leave behind us increasing numbers of digital traces. What data is actually being collected, or rather what traces we leave behind is beyond our control - we are losing sovereignty over our data. Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange, a portfolio company of eCAPITAL, knows how to regain our independence: the solution is open source.

Over the last few decades, open source software has gained a good reputation within the IT industry. With open source software, the source code is visible, so that a program can be checked, corrected and expanded. Unlike proprietary systems, like such used by Google and Facebook, there is no risk in open source systems that spy features could be included, which send data to third parties. Given the steadily increasing numbers of cyber-threats - ransomware, malware and other types of cyberattacks cost companies around $ 1 billion last year - this is an important issue. Laguna is convinced that a police authority relying on standardized Microsoft software is practicing "Data Harakiri".

What the advantages of open source are in detail and how the ideal World Wide Web would look like for Laguna, was discussed in a personal interview with Rafael Laguna by Katharina Kutsche of Süddeutsche Zeitung. The entire interview can be found at the following link:


About Open-Xchange
Open-Xchange leads the fight to keep the digital landscape open, secure and transparent for all. Ruthlessly committed to an open internet and software ecosystem, OX opens opportunities for over 100 of the world’s leading service providers and telecommunications without compromising the privacy or safety of users.

OX has been giving service providers the tools they need to prosper for more than a decade. With foundations deep within the open source movement, it has expanded rapidly to become a trusted partner for some of the world’s largest telcos and ISPs; supplying everything from robust, industrial-scale email for businesses and consumers to high-performance productivity software that matches the capabilities of much longer-established office application software. To date, more than 200 million commercial licenses for OX App Suite have been sold.

Offering a full stack of open source technology OX helps global IT businesses deliver innovative and high quality customer experiences. Learn more about the benefits of working with OX: http://www.open-xchange.com

eCAPITAL entrepreneurial Partners AG is a Münster-based alternative investment fund manager (AIFM) in accordance with EU-directive EuVECA. As a leading German venture capital firm, eCAPITAL has supported innovative entrepreneurs in future-oriented industries since 1999. The firm focuses on rapidly growing companies in the areas of Software / IT, Cleantech, Industry 4.0 and New Materials. Currently, eCAPITAL manages six funds with a total of 220 million euros under management. Find more information under www.ecapital.de/en

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