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[ox-en] COMMUNIA Workshop: "Technology and the public domain" (18/01/2008)

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++ COMMUNIA Workshop: "Technology and the public domain" (18/01/2008)

Organized by and held at Politecnico di Torino this event takes aim 
at the international debate about the "digital commons" and the 
complex relationship between technological innovation and today's 
mass usage of digital technologies. The Workshop provides an 
opportunity for experts and innovators in digital technologies to 
meet with other stakeholders, opinion leaders, and policy makers in 
order to deepen and share their understanding of the role of 
technology in shaping the present and future of our digital commons.

After the opening plenary talk at 9:15 on "Technology, the law and
the public domain" (by Rishab Ghosh, MERIT, University of Maastricht)
the workshop will continue for the entire day with three different
topic sessions, addressing technology issues, software tools and
formats, and infrastructure matters -- all of them related to the
development of the "digital commons" as a general mainframe, and the
science commons in particular.

The list of confirmed speakers include Keith Jeffery (Current Research
Information Systems), Juan  Carlos De Martin (COMMUNIA Coordinator),
Robert Horvitz (Open Spectrum Foundation),  Philippe Aigrain (Society
for Public Information Spaces), Andrea Glorioso (NEXA Research Center
for Internet and Society).

A wrap-up session and closing discussion is scheduled at 16:00.

The workshop will take place in Torino (Italy), at the Aula Magna of 
the Politecnico of Torino at the Lingotto (Via Nizza 230).

Admission is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

More information and program details:
Media inquiries: <press>



The COMMUNIA Thematic Network aims at becoming a European point of 
reference for theoretical analysis and strategic policy discussion of 
existing and emerging issues concerning the public domain in the 
digital environment - as well as related topics, including, but not 
limited to, alternative forms of licensing for creative material; 
open access to scientific publications and research results; 
management of works whose authors are unknown (i.e. orphan works).

Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus framework, 
the 3-years long project expects to provide policy guidelines that 
will help each stakeholder involved - public and private, from the 
local to the European and global level.

COMMUNIA also plans to build strategic relationships with other 
non-European countries (starting with the United States and Brazil, 
where two COMMUNIA members are located) in which similar policy 
discussions are currently underway.

Website: <>
Media contact: <press>

Andrea Glorioso            Graduate Researcher, Politecnico di Torino
    Dipartimento di Automatica e Informatica, Internet Media Group
       Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24 - 10129 Torino (TO) - Italy

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