Building Ethical and Open Standards for Conversational AI and Voice-Enabled Technology

A Community of the Linux Foundation

We know that building user trust is complicated - but it does not have to be. Thanks to the open source standards we're creating at the Open Voice Network it is simpler than ever to deliver ethical solutions that build user trust.

Demanding voice tech that serves consensus public values.

We are an independent non-profit organization formed as a community of The Linux Foundation with over 1,000 members worldwide. Our scale, scope, and committed team have captured the attention of the voice assistance industry. We are not just waving the flag of privacy and security either. Our community members are building new open technologies, establishing standards, building ethical guidelines, and keeping an constant vigil over this ever evolving technology that is becoming more powerful every day. 

Our end goal is to deliver the billions of people who own smart devices the promise of voice assistance without the ever looming threat of surveillance capital lingering over their heads.

Interoperability
Privacy
Security
Discovery and Location Services
Authentication
Synthetic Voice
Accessibility

People want voice assistance that is reliable, understands them, helps them get to results faster, and we know your business does not want to anger them.

Our research and development will help your brand to level the playing field while also becoming an innovative leader in customer experience optimization. 

Our developer communities are creating open technology standards your business can utilize across your digital and real world points of contact that are capable of being accessed on any device in a secure, intelligent, and accessible manner.

A Special Message From Our Executive Director

Welcome to the Open Voice Network

Projects

Where We Are Making An Impact

Live Projects at The Open Voice Network

eCommerce and Retail

Retailers are rapidly adopting voice to help shoppers get to results faster. We are helping them to remain accountable to ethical guidelines and standards that protect you.

Industry & Internet

Voice has proliferated rapidly since it found popularity on our mobile devices. It now appears on many more devices in the home, public, and workplaces. We are establishing standards these businesses must follow to retain user and regulator trust.

Interoperability

We are helping to build the foundation for interoperability between voice assistance platforms that will allow business to build once and deploy everywhere.

Media and Entertainment

As exciting as the possibilities are for voice tech in entertainment, lines must be drawn. We are taking a collaborative approach to help drive innovation that excites and protects peoples right to privacy.

Medical and Healthcare

Medical providers and health insurance companies are using voice to improve outcomes, timeliness, and customer care. Our partnerships ensure privacy protection.

Voice Registry Systems

Domain names help make the web easier to use. We are building a voice domain name registry to help users discover trusted voice applications and brand experiences reach their intended audience.

Our Mission and Vision

The Open Voice Network was formed to enable voice assistance to fulfill its promise.

Mission

The Open Voice Network will achieve its vision through the communal development and adoption of industry standards and usage guidelines, industry education and advocacy initiatives, and the development and documentation of voice-centric value propositions.

Vision

The Open Voice Network (OVON) seeks to make voice technology worthy of user trust—a task of critical importance as voice emerges as a primary, multi-device portal to the digital and IOT worlds, and as independent, specialist voice assistants take their place next to general purpose platforms.

The Network

Meet the Team

Serving a Community of Billions Of Voice Users

Beyond our own staff, we are aligned with hundreds of brands who are friends of our efforts. These companies are committed to following our vision for the future of voice assistance. Ambassadors are the leading influencers with substantial networks working towards driving change in standards for voice assistance. Our sponsors are brands who’ve committed substantial funding to our research and development projects.

Jon Stine

Executive Director

Oita Coleman

Senior Advisor

The Open Voice Network By The Numbers

They Trust Us, They Build With Us

The Open Voice Network was not founded to become a big organization. Rather we are a group of people, regulators, technologists, and businesses who’ve come together to build a body of knowledge and move forward standards that make voice useful, ethical, and capable of helping everyone.

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Friends, Members, and Supporters

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Projects Open & Completed

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Shared Vision

Brands Committed To Building Ethical Voice Technology

Open Voice Network Communities

Open Voice Network Communities are open to everyone in the conversational AI community – developers, designers, strategists, linguists, researchers, marketers, and students. There’s no charge or membership fee to participate. All that’s required is a willingness to give of your time, a willingness to share your best thinking in a collaborative, open environment, and a commitment to a conversational AI future that is multi-platform, multi-assistant, multi-modal, multi-use, multi-device, user-centric, and standards-based.

Developer Community

For conversational AI developers. Primary responsibilities: developing technology-neutral guidance for voice designers and strategists worldwide and advising the Open Voice Network Technical Committee on the issues, opportunities, and requirements for proposed conversational AI technical standards.

Designer & Strategist Community

For conversational AI designers, linguists and strategists. Primary responsibility: advising the Open Voice Network Technical and Outreach Committees on enterprise use cases – the value propositions (and related requirements and dependencies) of conversational AI.

Education Steering Community

For educators researching the use of conversational AI for educational purposes. Primary responsibility: advising the entirety of the Open Voice Network as to the why, the what, the how, and the legal requirements and ethical use of conversational AI for educational purposes.

Ethical Use Task Force

For all conversational AI practitioners, researchers, and enthusiasts committed to a better future. Primary responsibility: advising the entirety of the Open Voice Network on issues of privacy, consent, inclusivity, and many more; developing and proposing voice-central ethical use frameworks and guidelines.

Commerce Industries Community

For those using and researching the use of conversational AI in the retail and consumer products industries. Primary responsibility: advising the entirety of the Open Voice Network on the value propositions, use cases, and dependencies, and as to the why, the what, the how, and the legal requirements and ethical use of conversational AI in retail and consumer products.

European Community

For European voice practitioners and industry associations. Primary responsibility: to ensure that the entirety of the Open Voice Network hears clearly the voice of European conversational AI, and specifically on topics of regulation, requirements, inclusivity, value propositions, and ethical use.

Seeing Change Through Collaboration, Advocacy, & Development of Open Standards for Voice.

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Support and Contributions

Crowdfunding

As one of its directed funds and open source communities, the Open Voice Network is excited to announce the establishment of a crowdfunding platform for our organization on behalf of The Linux Foundation. This development is in direct response to the ongoing growth of the Open Voice Network and our desire to expand the reach of our organization. Crowd-sourced funds will be directly invested in OVON standards research, demo development, and publication.

“Would you prefer to shape the future of voice or passively be shaped by it? If you prefer the former, the Open Voice Network is the place for you. Please join us.”

Jon Stine, Executive Director of the Open Voice Network

By choosing to participate in our crowdfunding efforts, you will have a significant impact on the future of voice through the broadening of our reach as an organization, as well as through the investments of future standards developments. Organizations around the world contribute to Linux Foundation projects like the Open Voice Network due to their desire to take an active role in supporting the growth and development of voice technologies and the standards and guidelines around them—and now, you can too.

Sponsorships

AI-enabled voice assistance is reshaping digital usage for consumers and organizations across the world. However, today’s AI-voice environment is like the early, pre-standards days of the internet—no recognized registry of destination or dispatch names, and no assured way for consumers to find companies or brands. In such an environment, there’s a critical need for leaders (enterprise users and developers alike) to join together and develop the standards that will allow this transformative technology to reach its full, open, potential. Standards that encourage use and growth. Standards that enable competitive differentiation. Standards that will give everyone their voice. This is the reason for the Open Voice Network—a non-profit association of enterprises, tech firms, developers, and researchers who believe that conversational AI will deliver the most to the most when it is standards based, open, accessible to all, data protected, and interoperable.