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Conference on Digital Economy and Society on October 8 / 9 at Freie Universität

№ 289/2010 from Sep 28, 2010

A conference dealing with the opportunities, potentials, and risks of digital technologies for the arts, culture, science, and business is being held at the School of Business and Economics, Freie Universität, on October 8 and 9, 2010. Following workshops in Japan and the United States, this is the first Free Culture Research Conference to be held in Europe. No fees are required to attend, but advance registration is requested. Journalists are most welcome. The conference language is English.

In recent years the expression “Free Culture” has evolved to represent the debate on the opportunities and potentials as well as risks and problems that digital technologies bring to art, culture, academia, and the business world. During the Free Culture Research Conference – now coming up in Berlin following workshops in Sapporo (Japan) and at Harvard (U.S.A.) – scholars from various disciplines will present their research on such topics as collaborative authorship in wiki software, new business models in the music industry, or better access to digital content. This year’s main conference theme is to explore whether and to what degree a hybrid economy is developing between markets and digital common property such as Wikipedia.

Two panel discussions will be devoted to recommendations for government action – one at the invitation of the German Wikipedia association (“Wikimedia”) on access to tax-funded content and another in cooperation with the EU-funded COMMUNIA network on general regulation at a European level.

Attendance is free thanks to support from the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the German Federal Agency for Civic Education. Advance registration via the website is required.

Registration and Conference Program online

Further Information

Dr. Leonhard Dobusch, Freie Universität Berlin, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management, Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-56274, Mobile: 0176 / 27497547, Email: