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ISP Announces Kaltura Prize in A2K3 Writing Competition

Update: deadline for submissions extended until July 24, 2008

The Information Society Project at Yale Law School (Yale ISP) and the International Journal of Communications Law and Policy (IJCLP) have announced their fifth interdisciplinary writing competition and call for papers in conjunction with the third annual Access to Knowledge Conference (A2K3) taking place September 8-10, 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Scholars, policy-makers, technologists, activists, and industry representatives are invited to submit papers on access to knowledge and communications law and policy for publication by the IJCLP. The authors of the selected papers will be invited to publish their work in a special volume of the IJCLP, dedicated to the memory of former IJCLP lead editor Boris Rotenberg.

This year’s writing competition will feature an award sponsored by Kaltura -- the first open-source platform for video creation, management, interaction and collaboration.

The Kaltura Prize will be granted to the author of the best submission on a topic relating to digital media remix, open-source business models, collaborative production, democratic culture, or related themes which speak to the identity of Kaltura as the world’s first open-source video platform. The Kaltura Prize will include a cash stipend of $1,000 and funding for travel to and accommodations in Geneva to accept the award at the A2K3 conference.

CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION

The first and second A2K conferences at Yale Law School focused on building and mobilizing coalitions for Access to Knowledge. A2K3—which will be hosted by the Yale ISP and partner organizations in Geneva, Switzerland—offers the opportunity to take the discussion about access to knowledge into the mainstream of international policy-making in the areas of intellectual property, telecommunications, international development, human rights, international trade, and the information society.

Panel topics for this year’s conference include:

• The Development Agenda at WIPO
• A2K and Human Rights
• A2K and Global Trade
• Closing the Knowledge Gap
• Copyright Exceptions and Limitations
• Open Business Models
• Research and Capacity-Building for A2K
• Technologies for Access
• Prize Mechanisms for Innovation
• Open Access for Science and Research
• Media and Communication Rights

A full conference description is available at the Yale ISP website. Conference proceedings and foundational resources from previous A2K conferences are available here

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Submissions for the writing competition must be received no later than July 24, 2008.  All submissions should be written in English and submitted in .doc, .rtf, .odt, or .pdf format. Submissions should conform to academic citation standards, be no longer than 15,000 words, and must include an abstract of no longer than 250 words.

Submissions should be e-mailed simultaneously to Simone Francesco Bonetti, Chief Editor of the IJCLP (simo.bonetti@tiscali.it); Lea Shaver, Director of the Access to Knowledge Program of the Yale ISP (lea.shaver@yale.edu); and Shay David, Co-Founder and CTO of Kaltura (shay.david@kaltura.com).