Digital Civil Rights in Europe

This is the title of the first COMMUNIA Workshop that will take place on Friday 18 January 2008.
Admission is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.
Official info :

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.

Draft Programme

8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:15 Welcome address (Juan Carlos De Martin, NEXA Research Center for Internet and Society, COMMUNIA coordinator)
9:15-9:45 Keynote speech (Rishab Ghosh, MERIT, University of Maastricht)
“Technology, law, policy and the public domain”
9:45-10:00 Posters micro-presentations (Elias Carotti, Politecnico of Torino)
10:00-13:30 Session “Technology for the Science Commons” (chair: Juan Carlos De Martin)
  • Keith Jeffery: “E-Infrastructure to Support Research Management for Benefit”
  • Rob Davies: “Public Sector Information and its re-use: Licensing and Rights Expression”
  • Kaitlin Thaney: “Science Commons”
  • Jonathan Gray: “Open Knowledge: Promises and Challenges”
  • Nathan Yergler: “Machine Readable Rights: The Creative Commons Rights Expression Language”
  Coffee Break
  Session “Software and formats for the commons” (chair: Philippe Aigrain, Society for Public Information Spaces)

  • Ivan Vighetto: “Tools for creating common contents”
  • Xavier Serra: “Metada and its automated or assisted production”
  • Simone Brunozzi: “Search and retrieval for public domain and voluntary commons material”
  • Francois Déchelle: “Open source relational and object databases”
13:30-14:30 Lunch break (in-place buffet)
14:30-14:45 Welcome address by Assessore Andrea Bairati (Regione Piemonte, Assessorato for Research and Innovation)
14:45-18:00 Session “Infrastructural Commons” (chair: Andrea Glorioso)
  • Stefano Quintarelli: “The network as a commons”
  • Antonio Lioy: “Trusted Computing as a foundation for the infrastructural commons”
  • Robert Horvitz: “Marconi’s legacy: national soverignty claims in radio”
  • Sèverine Dusollier: “Towards a legal infrastructure for the public doman”
  Coffe break
  Closing session: wrap-up by session rapporteurs and plenary discussio

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