Reykjavík Digital Freedoms Conference


The fourth annual conference on digital freedom will be held on 29th March in the cinema Bíó Paradís.  The subject of the conference this year are two, Open Access to Scholarly Publications and Public Rights and Special Interests.The conference is organized by the Icelandic Digital Freedoms Society in co-operation with OpenAccess.is. Admission is free but visitors are kindly requested to register on the site http://rdfc.is/ , that also contains a full agenda. Most lectures will be given in English.

== Keynote speakers ==

 

Before and After SOPA
The actions around the Internet blackout on Wednesday 18 January are already being recognised as a watershed in digital activism.  For the first time, key Internet companies came together with millions of Internet users to express their concern over the SOPA and PIPA legislation that is currently making its way through the US legislative system.  But to understand why this confrontation happened, we need to look back not just at the last few years, but the last few centuries.  Doing so will help digital activists to formulate a strategy for the future, when the forces behind SOPA/PIPA – and the equally troubling Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – try again and again to push through similar legislation and secret treaties, to the detriment of the Internet and all who use it.

 

Open Access in Europe: how is it progressing?
Open Access can progress on several fronts – the development of policy, technical enhancements that better enable it, and cultural shifts that accelerate its acceptance. In Europe over the past couple of years we’ve seen progress in all these areas, and the cultural shift in particular is rather hot news at the moment. I will provide an overview of what has been happening and point to some of the reasons why so that we can work out how to continue to capitalise on these things in the coming months.
Alma Swan is a consultant working in the field of scholarly communication. She is  a director of Key Perspectives Ltd. and holds honorary academic  positions at the University of Southampton School of Electronics and  Computer Science and the University of Warwick Business School. Alma is  Convener forEnabling Open Scholarship, the global organization of  universities promoting the principles of open scholarship in the  academic community.
Her  work covers market research and business modeling, project management  and evaluation, research communication practices and behaviors, and the  study and promotion of new forms of scholarly communication in the age  of the Web. She writes and makes frequent presentations on scholarly  communication issues.

 

=== About the conference hosts ===
Icelandic Digital Freedoms Society (FSFÍ)  was founded in March, 2008. The goal of  FSFÍ is to advocate, foster,  and protect digital freedoms so that rights of Icelanders are maintained  in a digital world. The focus of  FSFÍ is that our technology, culture,  communications and knowledge are  free.
OpenAccess.is is an Icelandic interest group for open access with a goal to get the   government, universities, and public institutions, that support  research  and academic endavours, to form a policy around open access   publications. The group also aims to get Icelandic universities to sign   the Berlin Declaration from 2003.

 

==Dagskrá/Schedule ==
09:00 Coffee and registration
09:30 – 10:30 Keynote: Open Access in Europe: how is it progressing? – Alma Swan, SPARC Europe
10:30 – 10:50 Open access book publishing in Iceland – Ian Watson, Bifröst University
10:50 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 11:40 Iceland’s participation in OpenAIRE – Sólveig Þorsteinsdóttir, National University Hospital
11:40 – 12:00 TB
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 13:50 Lightning talks organized by Hakkavélin
14:00 – 15:00 Keynote: Before and After SOPA – Glyn Moody, freelance journalist
15:00 – 15:20 Criminalized by collecting societies – Dagþór Haraldsson
15:20 – 15:50 Coffee break (30 minutes)
15:50 – 16:10 The Full Potential of the Internet – Jonas Öberg
16:15 – 16:35 Ebooks and accessibility – Birkir Gunnarsson
16:40 – 17:00 Mining for freedom in the european institutions – Stefan Marsiske
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