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Free Culture Conference
The George Washington University
1957 E. St. NW
Washington, DC 20052
The vision is to bring together student activists and free culture luminaries to discuss free software and open standards, open access scholarship, open educational resources, network neutrality, and university patent policy, especially in the context of higher education.
Registration and welcome
Students for Free Culture
The Politics of Open Networks
Neutral, open, competitive—which characteristics should we promote in our networks? Is regulation the appropriate course? How do university networks fit in, and what's happening on the Hill?
Moderator: Michael Nelson, Visiting Professor / Georgetown Communication, Culture and Technology
- Steve Worona, Director of Policy and Networking Programs / EDUCAUSE
- Chris Riley, Policy Counsel / Free Press
- Timothy B. Lee, Member / Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University
10:50—11:20pm (30 min)
The Floating Public Domain: Fair Use and How to Use It
Copyright law contains a remarkably flexible and adaptable escape hatch from ownership rights, designed specifically for creators of new culture. It creates a "floating" public domain for currently copyrighted material, and it permits remixes, mashups, sampling, critique and parody. Dormant for decades and disparaged by large content companies, it's back and college students are in the vanguard of reviving it. Pat Aufderheide, a fair use expert, walks us through the basics of fair use and shows how it affects academic integrity (no-cheating) codes, homework assignments, and what gets posted and doesn't on Blackboard and other electronic course platforms. Finally she shows how you can stand up for fair use in classes, on campus, on Facebook and YouTube.
Pat Aufderheide, Director / American University Center for Social Media
Open Access and Access to Knowledge
Knowledge is essential for so many human activities and values, including freedom, the exercise of political power, and economic, social and personal development. The A2K (Access to Knowledge) movement takes concerns with copyright law and other regulations that affect knowledge and places them within an understandable social need and policy platform: access to knowledge goods.
Moderator: Heather Joseph, Executive Director / SPARC
- Nick Shockey, Director of Student Advocay / SPARC
- Claudio Ruiz, President / Derechos Digitales Derechos Digitales
- Sherwin Sly, Deputy Legal Director / Public Knowledge
Lunch (BYOB—bring your own burrito)
1:45—2:15pm (45 min)
Keynote: Gigi Sohn, Public Knowledge
Gigi Sohn is president and co-founder of the public interest and technology group Public Knowledge. She is a Non-Resident Fellow at the University of Southern California Annenberg Center, and a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Faculty of Law. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.
Open Educational Resources
Educational paradigms are changing. The Internet has profoundly altered the ways in which information is accessed and shared. One of the most exciting new trends is the growth of open educational resources (OER): free, authoritative educational resources that can be easily accessed, shared, and modified by anyone at any time.
- Eric Frank, Founder / Flat World Knowledge
- Garin Fons, Open Education Specialist / Open.Michigan, University of Michigan
- Timothy Vollmer, Open Policy Fellow / ccLearn
- Steve Anderson, Director, Media Arts & Practice / USC
4:00-4:15pm (15 min)
Notes on unconference and workshops
Keynote: Jonathan Zittrain, Berkman Center
Jonathan Zittrain is Professor of Law at Harvard and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He is the author of The Future of the Internet - And How to Stop It and co-editor of Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering. His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education.
Music and kicking it
Unconference and workshops
- Freedom To Connect 2012
- How the Digital Commons is Reshaping American Media
- Copyright, Free Speech, and the Public's Right to Know: How Journalists Think About Fair Use
- Free Press Launches 'Corruption Road' to Track Telecom Industry Influence in Washington
- The Telecommunications Act of 1996: Ten Years Later
- Net Neutrality: What's at Stake - for the Internet, Politics and Consumers
- Info-Communism: A Progressive Path Forward or a Political and Intellectual Dead End?
- Broadband Competition: Do We Have It, and How Do We Get More of It?
- Open Dialogue: Media Policy
- Free Press Summit: Changing Media
- Broadband Competition Policy: After the Stimulus and in the Shadow of the DOJ
- Symposium: Must History Repeat Itself? Interoperability and Access in the Network Economy
- A Broadband Pipe, or a $12 Billion Pipe Dream?
- How Free Press aims to shape telecom policy
- Future of Music Policy Summit 2009