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Internet Commons Congress

If you are in the DC area, this should be very interesting and registration is FREE:

    Internet Commons Congress, March 24-25

    The question of who owns the Internet seems in the same category as who owns the oceans or who owns outer space. Governments or private interests might own individual elements of the Internet, but the power of the Internet comes from collecting these contributions as a unified commons. By definition, the global Internet commons belongs equally to everyone. Each new application of the Internet inevitably gets attacked as trespass against the jurisdiction of some status quo interest, but movement away from equal ownership diminishes the Internet. The Internet Commons Congress provides a venue for users of the commons to educate each other, discuss ways of expanding the reach of the Internet as a commons, and organize resistence to the tendency of public and private interests to assert dominion over the Internet commons.

The schedule is impressive:

    Wednesday, March 24, 2004 8.00 am – 8.50 am Registration

    8.50 – 9.00 Welcome, Daniel Berninger, ICC Host
    9.00 – 9.30 John Perry Barlow, co-founder EFF
    Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace (link)
    9.30 – 10.30 Session One: The rise of unlicensed spectrum
    Harold Feld, associate director, Media Access Project
    Stuart Gannes, director, Stanford Digital Vision Project
    Tim Pozar, co-founder, Bay Area Wireless User Group
    Kevin Werbach, CEO, Supernova Group
    Panelists will share their vision for unlicensed wireless in making Internet access low cost and ubiquitous

    10.30 – 11.30 Session Two: Broadband & bridging first mile disconnects
    Dave Burstein, editor, DSLPrime
    Bruce Kushnick, president, New Networks Institute
    Terry McGarty, CEO, Merton Group
    Phil Shapiro, moderator, DC Non-Profit Tech
    The 90’s ended with surplus and high performance capacity in the middle of the Internet and in the edge local area networks. The challenge of bridging local access bottlenecks dominated by cable and telecom monopolists remains.
    11.30 – 12.30 Session Three: Internet architecture, governance, IPV6, DNS, and open access
    Jeff Chester, executive director, Center for Digital Democracy
    Bob Frankston, entrepreneur, Frankston Innovating
    Andrew Odlyzko, professor, University Minnesota
    Greg Peterson, DMTS, Lucent Technologies
    The panelists will address the forces associated with efforts alter the basic nature of the Internet for better or worse as regards the Internet as a commons as well as issues like the Internet tax moratoriums.
    12.30 – 1.30 Lunch
    1.30 – 2.00 Daniel Sieberg, technology reporter, CNN
    Internet and freedom of the press
    2:00 – 3:00 Session Four: Internet communications, VoIP, and the telephone monopolies
    Dwayne Goldsmith, CEO, Inflexion Communications
    Lior Haramaty, co-founder, VocalTec Communications (invited)
    Jim Kohlenberger, former, White House communications policy advisor
    Scott Petrack,CTO, edial (invited)
    Discuss progress and prospects for Internet communication applications to displace telecom monopolies.
    3:00 – 3:15 ICC Roundtable – Introduction – Information freedom and the ubiquity of the Internet, computers, and code
    Richard Stallman, founder, GNU Project
    Conversation with Richard Stallman in Boston via remote hook up
    3:15 – 5:00 ICC Roundtable Part One: Issues – Information freedom and the ubiquity of the Internet, computers, and code
    Ann Bartow, professor, USC Law Center
    Julie Cohen, professor, Georgetown Law
    David Chaum, founder, DigiCash
    Seth Finkelstein, activist, Infothought blog
    Seth Johnson, activist, There is no spoon
    Jon Lebkowsky, president, EFF-Austin
    Fred von Lohmann, staff attorney, EFF
    Jamie Love, exec director, CPTech
    Anthony McCann, lecturer ethnomusicology, UC Santa Barbara
    Jay Sulzberger, director, NYFair Use (demo) A Palladiated Computer
    A open discuss of information freedom issues with short presentations and audience participation. Issues – VoIP, broadcast flag, Palladium and TCPA, database data, software patents, DMCA, EU IP enforcement directive, shared knowledge/scientific research, reverse engineering, digital exclusive rights, diebold/electronic voting, site finder, SCO vs. IBM, webcasting, privacy, anonymity, PATROIT Act, CAPPS II, Total Information Awarness, FTAA, RFID, computer security, encryption, ICANN/Internet governance, national ID, UCITA, Bayh-Dole, censorship, and censorware.
    5.00 – 5.30 Jeff Pulver, CEO,
    Report from a serial entrepreneur

    Thursday, March 25, 2004 8.00 am – 9.00 am Registration

    9.00 – 9.30 Larry Irving, President, Irving Information Group

    9.30 – 10.30 Session Five: The push to trade freedom and privacy for security
    Chris Hoofnagle, assoc director, EPIC
    Declan McCullagh, Washington DC correspondent, CNET
    Brett Wynkoop, president, Wynn Data
    The global war on terrorism increasingly targets the Internet as a venue for open communication.
    10.30 – 11.30 Session Six: Digital Democracy
    William Finkel, outreach manager,
    Jock Gill, founder, Greater Democracy Blog (invited)
    Eric Hensal, activist
    Nicco Mele, webmaster, DeanforAmerica (invited)
    Panel covers e-voting, engaging and organizing voters via the Internet
    11.30 – 12.30 Session Seven: The Internet Commons and Media Concentration
    Mark Cooper, director research, Consumer Fed of America
    John Mitchell, principal,
    Manon Ress, research associate, CPTech
    Panel covers indymedia, campaigns fighting FCC media concentration, internet radio, blogging, etc.
    12.30 – 1.30 Lunch
    1.30 – 2.00 Michael Capellas, CEO, MCI (invited)
    A vision of communication in the 21st century
    2.00 – 3.00 Session Eight: Open scholarship, texts, journals, knowledge centers
    Alan Bushnell,technical advisor , DC Indymedia
    Michael Hart, founder,Gutenberg Project
    Tom Poe, founder, Open Studios
    Sonia Schmitt, educational specialist, World Bank
    Fred Stutzman, staff manager,
    Panel covers the Internet as a platform allowing users to become producers of information and knowledge.
    3:00 – 5:00 ICC Roundtable Part Two: Projects – Information freedom and the ubiquity of the Internet, computers, and code
    Eric Blossom, founder, GNURadio
    Norbert Bollow, founder, DotGNU
    Lucas Gonze, software developer, WebJay
    Robin Gross, founder, IP Justice
    Adam Kosmin, founder,
    Laurie Racine, president, Center for the Public Domain
    Drew Streib, founder, SourceForge
    David Sugar, software developer, Bayonne GNU
    Pete Tri Dish, radio activist, Prometheus Radio Project
    Serge Wroclawski, founder, DC-Free
    Follow up Part One ICC Roundtable issues discussion with presentations and discussion about current information freedom projects.
    5.00 – 5.30 Dr. C.D. Mote, Jr., President, University of Maryland (invited)

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted,, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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