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2006-2007

Internet Governance Forum
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
November 12-15, 2007

The Information Society Project at Yale Law School, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Ministry of Education of Chile, the Hungarian Ministry of Justice and Law Enforcement, IP Justice, Fundação Getulio Vargas School of Law in Rio de Janeiro (FGV-Rio), the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), and the Intel Corporation co-organize a workshop around the theme "The Digital Education and Information Policy Initiative: Towards the Development of Exceptions to and Limitations on Copyright in the Realm of Digital Education" at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) taking place on November 12 - 15, 2007, Rio de Janeiro.


Access 2 Knowledge 2 (A2K2) Conference
Yale Law School
April 27-29, 2007
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The last several years have witnessed the coalescing of the Access-To-Knowledge (A2K) social movement that champions human rights, human development, and the public interest as the focal points of innovation and information policy.

Yale’s ISP 2006 Access to Knowledge (A2K) conference advanced our commitment to building a broad conceptual framework of "Access to Knowledge" that can foster powerful coalitions between diverse groups. The A2k conference brought together over 300 leading scholars and activists from over 40 countries to participate in the construction of an intellectual framework for access to knowledge. Full conference proceedings and foundational resources for Access to Knowledge are available at the Yale A2K conference wiki.

This year, on April 27th-29th 2007, the weekend of World Intellectual Property Day, the A2K2 conference will be a pivotal event mobilizing the A2K coalition. A2K2 will further build the coalition amongst the institutions and stakeholders that crystallized at the first landmark conference, help set the agenda for access to knowledge policy and advocacy, and deepen the understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of access to knowledge issues. Developing both a theoretical framework and delving into the details of practical implementation, the program will focus on mobilizing the private sector, governments, technologists, and civil society around A2K issues. A2K2's policy panels will be structured towards tangible legal and technological solutions and collaborative strategies for policy makers and individual institutions.


Open Standards International Symposium
Yale Law School
February 3, 2007
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Technological design is political. In a digitally networked environment, technical decisions about the infrastructure of information and communications technologies (ICT) can have a broad impact on public policy, innovation, and economic growth. The decisions governing these developing systems are increasingly being promulgated in the form of standards. Technical standards are usually not established by legislatures or elected representatives, but increasingly play the mediating role of those institutions in resolving social tensions, such as access to information versus property rights and law enforcement versus individual civil liberties. Standards, once entrenched, can endure longer than other policy mechanisms because of user investments, product development investments, institutional commitments, and preservation of industry hegemony among powerful stakeholders. Economically, the intellectual property arrangements underlying standards determine the competitive openness of certain technology markets and intersect directly with global trade issues. On a technical level, recent interoperability problems in government services such as disaster response have prompted renewed political interest in open standards. In response, governments have established or renewed technical strategies based on open standards. Despite the significance of open standards in the global ICT context, even the meaning of openness is a contentious topic. This conference, the first to address global open standards issues from an academic perspective, has three objectives:Shed light on the controversial and value-laden concepts of openness, interoperability, democratic participation, and competitiveness in the context of standards. Afford an opportunity for political and economic stakeholders to find common ground on open standards. Begin to craft a theoretical framework exploring the concepts of open standards in the larger context of technology, markets, politics, and law.