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Submissions/Towards a free culture and access to knowledge movement?

From Wikimania 2010 • Gdańsk, Poland • July 9-11, 2010


This is an open submission for Wikimania 2010.

Title of the submission
Towards a free culture and access to knowledge movement?
Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
The word which would be more adequate would be open discussion. If we have to choose between these fourth format above then, panel.
Author of the submission
Mayo Fuster Morell (w:User:Lilaroja)
E-mail address or username (if username, please confirm email address in Special:Preferences)

mayo.fuster (at) eui.eu

Country of origin
Italy and Spanish State
Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
International Forum on Access to Culture and Knowledge in the Digital Era, Organization and Action ([1]); Networked Politics collaborative research ([2]).
Personal homepage or blog
30-word contribution & benefits statement


Abstract (please use no less than 300 words to describe your proposal)

We are living a crucial historical moment. The digital revolution is transforming deeply the way that knowledge and culture are created, accessed and transformed. Wikipedia is one of the most powerful and symbolic example of it. However different agents still base their sources of profits and power on controlling contents, tools and distribution channels, and on managing scarcity. This leads to restrictions on citizens rights to education, information, culture, science and technology; as well as freedom of expression, inviolability of communications and privacy and freedom to share. In order to preserve them, an urgent question needs to be address in regards of counteracting the influences of the powerful lobbies of the copyright industries on governments. Several processes for the building of an international movement on free culture and access to knowledge are taking place. The panel means to map the state of such a movement and contribute to develop a common agenda and actions. The final goal is to contribute to articulate a common front that considers all the different processes and solutions in a complementary way, so we can construct a common answer to preserve the digital revolution.

Panel plan: Introduction and moderation: Mayo Fuster Morell. Plus Warm up short presentations (5-10 minutes each)

  • Beatriz Busaniche (MotherForker): Free culture movement in Argentina
  • A volunteer for Wikimedia Brasil (being selected by the community): the coming together of movements and current disputes over public policy; prospects for free culture in the 2010 presidential elections
  • David Harris - Global Lives project (USA). Free culture forum 2009.

General discussion

/Working page to prepare the panel

People and Community
Slides or further information (optional)

Interested attendees

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  1.  guillom 18:12, 20 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  2. User:Lilaroja
  3. --Ravidreams 19:13, 20 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Tere 06:33, 21 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  5. Mayooranathan 20:56, 21 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  6. --MotherForker 22:30, 21 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  7. Solstag 06:13, 24 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Everton137 13:46, 24 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  9. Marinna 15:10, 25 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  10. Davidevanharris 22:10, 25 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  11. Pietro Roveri 17:13, 27 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  12. Rekrutacja 18:27, 30 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  13. Kocio 11:34, 2 June 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  14. --Ivanmartinez 22:16, 21 June 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  15. Zack 03:21, 2 July 2010 (UTC)[reply]