I'd like to let folks know about the awesome international Free Culture
Conference in NYC on Saturday/Sunday of this weekend at New York Law School.
Free Culture is the larger movement for knowledge sharing and open
education, of which Wikipedia/Wikimedia are an integral branch.
A relevant conference highlight is the Wikipedia and Education Panel on
Please sign up to our page on-wiki for the Free Culture Conference:
And see the full details in the message below!
Students for Free Culture, the Institute for Information Law and Policy,
and New York Law School present-
*FCX2013: Free Culture Conference*
*Dates: *Saturday, April 20, 2013 - Sunday, April 21, 2013
*Location: *New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, New York, NY
The Free Culture Conference is an annual gathering of students, activists,
thinkers, and innovators who are dedicated to advancing discussions on
technology, law, and public policy and advocating for a more free, open,
and participatory digital environment. Through panels, keynote speakers,
and workshops, FCX 2013 will focus on current issues in intellectual
property law, open access to educational resources, maker culture, digital
rights, and technology policy.
For more information about the conference, visit the conference website:
If you have any questions, feel free to email board(a)freeculture.org. Program
details are below. After party details to follow.
*Through the generosity of our sponsors, SFC is once again able to offset
students' and activists' travel costs for this year’s conference in NYC. If
you can’t afford the cost of traveling to NYC, please do not hesitate to
fill out the form to request travel funding. We have some money and we want
to give it to you. Here is the form: **http://bit.ly/fcx2013_travelfunding*
*Day 1 (April 20, 2013)*
08:30 a.m. – 09:30 a.m.
09:30 a.m. – 09:45 a.m.
09:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
*A.M. Keynote: Benjamin Mako Hill *(Berkman Center for Internet and Society)
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
*Getting Past Gridlock: What does Tangible Copyright Reform Look Like?*
How can copyleft advocates and copyright reformists make progress in
effectuating change in United States copyright laws? This panel considers
what smaller, achievable reform looks like, how it can be accomplished, and
what next steps for the immediate future will be. Panelists will discuss:
Are the objectives of the Copyright Act being met in practice today? How
can reform, even at a small scale, benefit content owners, creators, and
*· **Parker Higgins* (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
*· **Patricia Aufderheide *(Center for Social Media, American University)
*· **Karen Sandler *(QuestionCopyright.org, GNOME)
*· **Sherwin Siy *(Public Knowledge)
11:45 a.m. – 01:00 p.m.
*The Future of Open Access Advocacy*
Open Access has been of great interest and importance to SFC for several
years. This panel focuses on what open access means and what kind of
advocacy work is being done in this area, as well as clarifying
misconceptions of what open access is really about. Panelists will talk
about their experiences with and perspectives on open access advocacy and
discuss: What is the impact of OA on academic research and publishing? What
are the core principles behind OA? How can people effectively advocate for
open access causes?
*· **Adi Kamdar* (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
*· **Nicole Allen* (Student PIRGs/Make Textbooks Affordable)
*· **Nick Shockey *(SPARC/Right to Research Coalition)
·* **Timothy Vollmer* (Creative Commons)
01:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
02:00 p.m. – 02:45 p.m.
*P.M. Keynote: James Vasile *(Open Internet Tools Project, New America
02:45 p.m. – 04:00 p.m.
*Makers, Hackers, and the World They Build*
Maker and hacker culture, highly collaboratory and extremely prolific, both
adopt free cultural ideals, such as sharing, open source, collaboration,
and remix. This panel explores how maker and hacker culture puts into
practice these free culture ideals, as well as how makers and hackers build
community and work towards social good.
·* **Trystram Spiro-Costello* (Rutgers University)
*· **Catarina Mota* (NYU ITP/openMaterials)
*· **Alicia Gibb *(NYCResistor/Open Source Hardware Association)
*· **Daniel Reetz *(DIYBookScanner.org)
04:00 p.m. – 05:15 p.m.
*The Changing Landscape of Online Speech and its Regulation*
Free speech is held as one of the central tenets of many online
communities, but what is meant by it? In many online communities,
censorship, freedom of speech, pornography, harassment, and hate speech are
often conflated without consideration of who is given the power to speak.
This panel will consider if, how, and when speech online should be
regulated, and by whom. Panelists will also discuss whether Internet
service providers should be held liable for user-generated content, and
what such liability would mean for free expression online.
*· **Jennifer Baek* (New York Law School)
*· **Molly Land* (New York Law School)
*· **Gabriel Rottman* (American Civil Liberties Union)
*· **Ari Waldman* (New York Law School)
05:15 p.m. – 05:30 p.m.
*Closing Remarks for Day 1*
*Day 2 (April 21, 2013)*
09:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
*Workshops Session I*
· *Open Access Advocacy*
*Moderators:* Nick Shockey (SPARC) and Matt Cooper (NAGPS)
· * **Wikipedia & Education*
*Moderator: *Lane Rasberry (Consumer Reports)
12:00 p.m. – 01:30 p.m.
*Workshops Session II*
· *Free Culture & Civic Engagement *
*Moderator:* Noel Hidalgo (Code for America)
*· The Future of the Org. *
*Moderators:* Kÿra (SFC), Jennifer Baek (SFC), and Adelaida McIntire (SFC)
01:30 p.m. – 02:30 p.m.
02:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
*SFC General Body Meeting*