Free Culture X 2013!
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 6:00 PM (EDT)
This 2013 Students for Free Culture Conference will take place on April 20th and 21st, 2013 at New York Law School . Through panels and keynote speakers, FCX 2013 will focus on current issues in intellectual property law, open access to educational resources, maker culture, and technology policy. Through workshops, the conference will revisit the core pillars of the free culture movement, examine the success stories from our movement, and identify new ways in which Students for Free Culture can advocate for a more free, open, and participatory digital environment.
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.
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 users?
Moderator: Parker Higgins (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Pat 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?
Moderator: 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.
Keynote: James Vasile (Open Internet Tools Project, New America Foundation)
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.
Moderator: 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.
Moderator: 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)
10:30 a.m. – 01:30 p.m.
- Open Access Advocacy
- Moderator: Nick Shockey (SPARC) & Matt Cooper (NAGPS)
- Wikipedia & Education
- Moderator: TBA
- Free Culture & Civic Engagement
- Moderator: Noel Hidalgo (Code for America)
01:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
02:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
SFC General Body Meeting
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Students For Free Culture
Students for Free Culture (SFC) is a diverse, non-partisan group of students and young people who are working to get their peers involved in the free culture movement. Launched in April 2004 at Swarthmore College, SFC has helped establish student groups at colleges and universities across the United States. Today, SFC chapters exist at over 30 colleges, from Maine to California, with many more getting started around the world.
Students for Free Culture was founded by two Swarthmore students after they sued voting-machine manufacturer Diebold for abusing copyright law in 2003. Named after the book Free Culture by Stanford University law professor Lawrence Lessig, SFC is part of a growing movement, with roots in the free software / open source community, media activists, creative artists and writers, and civil libertarians. Groups with which SFC has collaborated include Creative Commons, the Electronic Frontier Foundation,Public Knowledge, and Downhill Battle.