Speaking at Free Culture X

Back in October, I praised a Kerry Howley essay for Reason in which she criticized libertarians who focus exclusively on threats to liberty that originate with the state. And I pointed to the free software movement as an example of a pro-liberty movement that doesn’t primarily focus on the state as a threat to liberty.

The last few years have witnessed the rapid growth of another liberal project: the free culture movement and its student arm, Students for Free Culture. SFC’s mission is to “build a bottom-up, participatory structure to society and culture, rather than a top-down, closed, proprietary structure.” Copyright reform is an important part of the movement’s agenda, but in my view its more important role is building the infrastructure for a free culture. They promote the use of creative commons licenses, educate creative people about the value of a free culture, lobby for universities for open access scholarship, and so forth. These are steps that enhance freedom without any changes to copyright law.

So I was excited to be invited to be on a panel at Free Culture X, SFC’s 2010 conference. I’ll be speaking about “The Politics of Open Networks.” If you’re in the DC area, I hope to see you there.

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3 Responses to Speaking at Free Culture X

  1. Dunderhonung says:

    Nice line up, bad dates. I guess they assume that anyone who cares about this stuff clearly has no plans for valentines day. Are you speaking Saturday or Sunday? I’d like to stop by but I have plans Sunday, and they don’t involve the romantic conquests of a 12/12 Paladin with The Helm of Greater Charisma.

    Happy Valentine’s Day

  2. I’m speaking on Saturday morning. I have a very understanding wife who agreed to celebrate Valentine’s Day a week early.

  3. Alivia Howe says:

    Hiya nice piece. Are there cheaper SMS message marketing services for stores+shops at California than 12stores.com? I know they only cost $9 / four weeks, but… i’ve 2 offer 5ish more choices for my organization.

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