Fwd: [ox-en] Call for Texts: Newspaper on IPR @ WSIS

MJ Ray markj at cloaked.freeserve.co.uk
Mon Aug 11 09:12:44 UTC 2003

From: "geert lovink" <geert at desk.nl>
Subject: [ox-en] Call for Texts: Newspaper on IPR @ WSIS
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2003 06:36:59 +1000

Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2003 14:32:24 +0200
From: Felix Stalder <felix at openflows.org>

Public Netbase, Vienna [1] is in the process of putting together a newspaper
(in English) to be distributed at the World Summit on the Information
(WSIS) in Geneva [2] (including preparatory and follow-up events). The print
run will be 20'000 copies.

The aim of the newspaper is to alert the delegates and the participating
public that current and future regulations and practices concerning
intellectual property are among the most fundamental issues shaping the
Information Society. At stake is whether the information order will be
characterized by centralized control by a few transnational owners of IP
claims with the majority of the population relegated to the status of
consumers or excluded entirely; or by decentralized participation of the
widest range of citizens around the world who have access to intellectual
resources of production inside and outside the market system.

To highlight the issues, the newspaper will frame them as two competing
scenarios for the future: control vs. participation.

For this project, we are looking for texts -- aimed at a general, interested
audience -- that develop the either of the scenarios, be it as a critique of
the present or as an introduction of an alternative. The papers can be
theoretical or practical, focussing on any of the many dimension and should
not be substantially longer than 1000 words.

We will accept both original texts and text that have already been published
elsewhere. The texts will be published under a CreativeCommons license [3]
unless requested otherwise by the author.

Please send texts, questions or comments to open at t0.or.at

[1] http://www.t0.or.at
[2] http://www.itu.int/wsis/
[3] http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0/

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