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.