Archive for June 2010
The CopyNight DC event with Cory Doctorow last night was an unqualified success. I want to once again thank our very generous co-hosts, New America and Public Knowledge for provided the space and video streaming and refreshments respectively.
It is hardly any surprise that the event was packed. I have it from James at New America that we received just over two hundred RSVPs for the event, just about as many as for an event New America hosted earlier in the same day with one of President Obama’s economic advisors.
Cory’s talk was engaging and thought provoking. New America has already made the archived video available, which I’ve embedded above. The audience questions were equally as fascinating as the talk and the general feedback I received afterward as folks were waiting to get books signed and at the happy hour was incredibly positive.
I want to thank Cory for giving us a big chunk of his time on a very busy trip. His thoughts certainly enrich the discussion around achieving a balanced copyright and on access to an open network more generally. I appreciate his help in drawing attention to the Open Technology Initiative at New America, to Public Knowledge and to CopyNight, both the one here in DC and the many other instances around the globe.
CopyNight DC for July will be Tuesday, the 27th, and we are once again being hosted by Public Knowledge, this time at their offices.
As promised, I got a confirmation from the folks at Tor about the meet and greet and informal key signing party to follow Cory’s talk for the June CopyNight DC at New America. He will be able to stick around for at least a couple of hours after the talk, to chat with folks at Mackey’s.
Cory has been using PKI as long as I can remember and it is a fixture in many of his works. If you want to participate with other users of PGP/GPG to extend the web of trust, bring several printed copies of your public key fingerprint and a couple of forms of ID with which we can verify you are who you claim.
Hope to see you there!
This month’s CopyNight DC will have a very special speaker–Cory Doctorow. This event, “How Copyright Threatens Democracy: A Conversation with Cory Doctorow” is being co-sponsored by New America Foundation and Public Knowledge.
Join Cory Doctorow, co-founder of the UK Open Rights Group, in discussing his dystopian vision of the growing conflict between free speech and the democratic principles of the Internet and the business aims of commercial media giants. Co-hosted by the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative, Public Knowledge and Copynight DC, Doctorow combines his perspective as an author, activist, co-editor of Boing Boing to outline the threats to a free and open Internet, speech, creativity and fair use, and innovation from boundless copyright protections. Looking forward, Doctorow’s prediction is bleak:
This means war. It is time to stop treating the industry’s fight over copyright as a brush-war over creativity. The commercial media giants’ business models and ambitions are increasingly incompatible with a free and open Internet, and hence a free and open society.
New America Foundation is generously providing the venue and live video streaming and there will be light refreshments on offer thanks to Public Knowledge. The talk will be open to the public but please do visit the event page and RSVP. Copies of “Little Brother” and “For the Win” will be available for sale and signing by the author.
Schedule allowing, we will be adjourning after the talk to Mackey’s for a meet and greet and informal key signing party. If you are already using PGP/GPG or were inspired to start using a key pair after reading “Little Brother”, join us in extending the web of trust. Bring your key info (Key ID, Key Type, Hex Fingerprint and Key Size info) and a couple of forms of identification.
I will post a confirmation on the after talk activities once I have one, hopefully early this coming week.