Join us and a host of renowned scholars in beautiful Amsterdam for our 25th birthday conference on the myriad challenges facing information law today.
When IViR set up its research 25 years ago, the digital transition was just starting to gather speed. Since then, our societies have been undergoing enormous changes in the modes of expression, organization and (re)use of information. Traditional roles of producers, intermediaries, users and governments blur and are recast. Information is the central building block of market economies. New ways of creating, disseminating and using it impact the workings of democracy, of science and education, creativity and culture.
Information Influx will bridge disciplines, regions and institutional perspectives to confront the major challenges of developing the rules that govern the expression, organization and re(use) of information in our society – as the central aspects of IViR’s Research Programme.
For a pdf-version of the programme, click here.
13.00 – 16.30
Information Influx Young Scholars Competition:
13.00 – 15.00
15.00 – 15.15
15.15 – 16.30
17.00 – 18.30
19.00 – 22.00
IViR 25th birthday soirée – by invitation
9.00 – 10.00
Keynote – Governance, Function and Form – prof. Deirdre Mulligan (University of California, Berkeley)
As data and technology to wield it become pervasive, privacy protection must take new forms. Traditional models of governance centered on state actors, and human oversight do not scale to today’s challenges. Drawing from several research projects Mulligan suggests that focusing on roles and functions, rather than traditional forms and actors, can assist us in leveraging the potential of a range of human and technical actors towards privacy’s protection.
10.30 – 12.30
12.30 – 13.45
13.45 – 14.30
Julian Oliver & Danja Vasiliev
14.30 – 16.30
17.00 – 18.00
Keynote – Copyright as Innovation Policy – Fred von Lohmann (Google)
Copyright has historically been concerned with encouraging commercial cultural production. Thanks to digital technology, however, copyright law today finds itself called upon to take on additional unfamiliar roles, including fostering technological innovation and encouraging amateur creative expression. The talk will suggest some ways that copyright can successfully grow into these new roles.
19.00 – 22.00
9.00 – 10.00
Keynote – Datafication, dataism and dataveillance – prof. José van Dijck (University of Amsterdam)
The popularization of datafication as a neutral paradigm is carried by a widespread belief and supported by institutional guardians of trust. That notion of trust becomes problematic when it leads to dataveillance by a number of institutions that handle people’s (meta)data. The interlocking of government, business, and academia in the adaptation of this ideology (“dataism”) prompts us to look more critically at the entire ecosystem of connective media.
10.30 – 12.30
12.30 – 14.00
Buffet Lunch, plus: Brown bag lunch with Rob Frieden – Net Neutrality: One step beyond
14.00 – 15.00
Keynote – Intellectual Property: Two Pasts and A Future – prof. James Boyle (Duke Law School)
Twenty years from now, will our children look up from their digital devices and ask “Daddy, did anyone ever own a book”? In his keynote speech, James Boyle will trace the past lives of intellectual property, the battles fought, the technologies regulated. Can we find hints of the future in the battles of our past? Boyle’s answer is yes, and that answer should give us pause.
15.30 – 17.30
17.30 – 18.30
Rights in the mix
Among amateur and professional creators alike there is a manifest need to not only share but also remix existing works. The panel discusses how adequately open content licensing systems support these needs. It also looks to how well this licensing system fits in the wider legal framework.
Behavioural targeting – If you cannot control it, ban it?
The discussion about the potential pitfalls of behavioural targeting practices and the problems it may create for users and user rights continues in full force. The growing evidence of the ineffectiveness of the existing informed-consent-approach to regulation can no longer be ignored. Is it time for the regulator to move to more drastic means and ban certain behavioural targeting practices, and if so, which practices?
Tomorrow’s news: bright, mutualized and open?
As public debate becomes more diversified, crowded, interactive, noisy and technology-dependent than ever before, what survival strategies are being devised for the news as we know it? Are existing expressive and communicative rights, and related duties and responsibilities, fit-for-purpose in increasingly digitized and networked democratic societies? Will tomorrow’s news still be worth tuning into?
Filtering away infringement: copyright, injunctions and the role of ISPs
Can technology solve the problem of intermediary liability for online copyright infringement? If so, should technology be allowed to determine law? This panel shall focus on the issue of injunctions imposed on online intermediaries to force them to adopt measures that filter or block copyright infringements by third parties on their websites.
Mass-digitization and the conundrum of online access
Cultural heritage institutions face difficulties providing online access to digitized materials in their collections. This session examines a number of pressing issues, taking a trans-Atlantic perspective. When does digitization in public-private partnerships pose a threat to access to public domain materials? What ways are there to manage rights clearance of copyrighted materials and deal with territoriality?
The algorithmic public: towards a normative framework for automated media
In the online media, decisions about what users get to see (or not to see) are increasingly automated, through the use of smart algorithms and extensive data about users’ preferences and online behaviour. This raises a number of fundamental questions about freedom of expression, editorial integrity and user autonomy. Leading thinkers will debate algorithmic decision-making in online media and explore the contours of a much needed normative framework for automated media.
Accountability and the public sector data push
Initiatives to make governments more ‘transparent’ abound. Freedom of information laws are reconfigured to push out ever more information to citizens and businesses. Promises of benefits abound too: better accountability and increased participation, as well as efficiency gains and new business opportunities. Can and should the next generation of freedom of information laws serve both political-democratic objectives and economic ones?
A new governance model for communications security?
Today, the vulnerable state of electronic communications security dominates headlines across the globe, while money and power increasingly permeate the policy arena. 2013 has seen no less than five sweeping legislative initiatives in the E.U., while the U.S. seems to trust in the market to deliver. Amidst these diverging approaches, how should communications security be regulated?
Global information flows and the nation state
Information flows contest the physical spaces in which the nation state has been deemed a sovereign for almost five centuries. This tension dominates nearly all areas of information law, from data protection and IP enforcement to mass surveillance by national intelligence agencies. This session reflects on the broader challenges that territoriality presents for information law today.
United in diversity – the future of the public mission
Digital technologies and the information economy create fascinating new opportunities but also pose fundamental challenges to the fulfilment of the public mission of the media, public archives and libraries alike. This panel is a step towards establishing a dialogue between the three institutions: to explore the congruence between their missions, and their responses to critical issues such as technological convergence, the changing habits of users, the growing abundance of content and their relationship to new information intermediaries, such as search engines, social networks or content platforms.
Legalizing file-sharing: an idea whose time has come – or gone?
Alternative compensation systems are designed to legalize and monetize online copyright restricted acts of distributing and consuming content. Empirical evidence shows that end-users strongly support paying flat-rate fees for the ability to legally download and share content. So what prevents us from introducing such schemes? The group of experts convened debates the future of alternative compensation systems in light of current legal, business and technology trends.
Assembly (Information influx)
Taking legal cases and controversies involving intellectual property, art collective Agency composes a growing list of “Things” that resist the split between “nature” and “culture”, a split that intellectual property relies upon. From the list of over a 1,000 Things, Agency calls forth Thing 002094, the copyright controversy Être et Avoir, to jointly speculate upon. The purpose is less to re-enact the judgment and more to prolong hesitation.
Big brother is back
The debate about the pervasive surveillance of the online environment is roaring. Considering what we know now, what better metaphor is there than to conclude that we live in the world of Big Brother? This session will bring together leading thinkers and doers related to power and control in the communication environment, who will provide critical input on the way we think and speak about information freedom and control. Should we aspire to tame Big Brother or should we think differently about the problem?
Who owns the World Cup? The case for and against property rights in sports events
Sports have important economic, social and cultural dimensions. What is the optimal form of legal protection of sports events considering the public-private nature of sports? The focus of debate will be on football because of its major relevance in Europe in terms of diffusion, commercial exploitation, and social impact; but we can expect many insights to hold true for other sports as well.
Wednesday 2 July: Big Breakfast with Joseph Turow & Tal Zarksy – Ethical, normative, social and cultural implications of profiling & targeting in an era of big data – towards a research agenda, Institute for Information Law (IViR) & Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), East India House, room E0.02, 09.00-12.00 a.m.
Friday 4 July: Lecture James Boyle & Marjan Hammersma about cultural heritage and the public domain
More information and registration at:
Cultural heritage institutions as guardians of public domain works in the digital environment, Rijksmuseum & Kennisland in cooperation with IViR, Rijksmuseum Auditorium, 18.00-20.00 p.m.
The Institute for Information Law (IViR) is a centre of excellence in academic research which consistently seeks to further our understanding of how legal norms reflect and shape the creation, dissemination and use of information in our societies. That is the ambition at the heart of the many research initiatives IVIR has undertaken since its foundation in 1989. The urgency of taking an interdisciplinary and international approach has only grown in the past decades. It is crucial if we want to understand and evaluate the rapidly evolving complex and myriad legal norms that govern information relations in markets, in social and in political spaces. With over 30 researchers, teachers and support staff based in our offices in the historic centre of Amsterdam, we have the critical mass to broach key regulatory challenges of today’s information society.
Our focus on information relations deliberately cuts across traditional boundaries in legal scholarship. We bring together insights from constitutional law, human rights, public administration, intellectual property, contract and property law, and competition law. Our functional approach enables fruitful collaboration with experts from an array of academic disciplines, in information and communications technology, economics, media studies, political science and the arts.
Continuing a long Dutch tradition of openness towards the world, our work has a strong international orientation. It shows in the topics we study, the strong global network of affiliations we have in academia and the wonderful dynamic mix of upcoming and experienced researchers from all over Europe and beyond that make up IViR.
With each consecutive research programme we prioritize legal developments that fascinate us, and translate them into a variety of research projects. This includes doctoral research, research for policymakers at national, European and international level, and projects funded through national and European research grant programmes. Our current research programme and an overview of research projects can be found here. Doctoral dissertations, journal articles, books, case comments, studies, reports, lectures, debates, workshops, conferences and summer schools are the staple means of communicating what we do. Browse our publications here.
Media reports and conference outputs will be posted on the IViR website
Yochai Benkler is the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Since the 1990s he has played a role in characterizing the role of information commons and decentralized collaboration to innovation, information production, and freedom in the networked economy and society. His books include The Wealth of Networks: How social production transforms markets and freedom (Yale University Press 2006), which won academic awards from the American Political Science Association, the American Sociological Association, and the McGannon award for social and ethical relevance in communications. In 2012 he received a lifetime achievement award from Oxford University “in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the study and public understanding of the Internet and information goods.” His work is socially engaged, winning him the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award in 2011, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award for 2007, and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in 2006. It is also anchored in the realities of markets, and was cited as “perhaps the best work yet about the fast moving, enthusiast-driven Internet” by the Financial Times and named best business book about the future in 2006 by Strategy and Business. Benkler has advised governments and international organizations on innovation policy and telecommunications, and serves on the boards or advisory boards of several nonprofits engaged in working towards an open society. His work can be freely accessed at benkler.org.
Deirdre K. Mulligan is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information at UC Berkeley, and a Faculty Director at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at UC Berkeley School of Law. Prior to joining the School of Information Mulligan was a Clinical Professor of Law and the founding Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). She is the Policy Lead for the NSF-funded TRUST Science and Technology Center, which brings together researchers at U.C. Berkeley, Carnegie-Mellon University, Cornell University, Stanford University, and Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining academia she served as staff counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology in Washington, D.C. Mulligan’s current research agenda focuses on information privacy and security. Current projects include comparative, qualitative research to explore the conceptualization and management of privacy within corporations based in different jurisdictions, and policy approaches to improving cybersecurity. Other areas of current research include exploring users’ conceptions of privacy in the online environment and their relation to existing theories of privacy. She is chair of the board of directors of the Center for Democracy and Technology, and co-chair of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board.
Fred von Lohmann is the Legal Director for Copyright at Google. He has received many awards and honors in the field of copyright law, including the American Library Association’s 2010 L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award and recognition as one of 2010′s “25 Most Influential People in IP” by both Billboard and The American Lawyer. Before joining Google, he was a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a research fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, and an associate with the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP. Fred received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford University.
Photo: Joi Ito (CC-BY license)
James Boyle is William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law at Duke Law School and founder of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain. Professor Boyle was one of the original Board Members of Creative Commons, which works to facilitate the free availability of art, scholarship, and cultural materials by developing innovative, machine-readable licenses that individuals and institutions can attach to their work. He served as a board member from 2002 until 2009, the last year as Chairman of the Board. He was also a co-founder of Science Commons, which attempted to expand the Creative Commons mission into the realm of scientific and technical data, and has served as a board member of the Public Library of Science. In 2003 Professor Boyle won the World Technology Network Award for Law for his work on the public domain and the “second enclosure movement” that threatens it. In 2010 he was awarded the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award. He was one of five advisers to UK government’s Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property. He is the author of Shamans, Software and Spleens: Law and the Construction of the Information Society, The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind and Bound By Law, a co-authored “graphic novel” about fair use. Professor Boyle is also the editor of Critical Legal Studies, Collected Papers on the Public Domain and Cultural Environmentalism @ 10 (with Larry Lessig).
José van Dijck is a professor of Comparative Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She has a PhD from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and previously taught at the Universities of Groningen and Maastricht. Her visiting appointments include Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) University of California, Santa Cruz, the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and the Annenberg School for Communication (Philadelphia). Her work covers a wide range of topics in media theory, media technologies, social media, television and culture.
She is the author of six books, three co-edited volumes and approximately one hundred journal articles and book chapters. Van Dijck supervised twelve PhD dissertations (seven more immanent), three postdocs and numerous master and bachelor theses. Over the years, she served on the editorial boards of ten international and national academic journals. She was a successful applicant of four major NWO and KNAW grants. Based on academic merit, she was elected as a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Science (KNAW) in 2010.
For almost nine years, Van Dijck served as a university administrator in various management positions. She was Chair of the Department of Media Studies from 2002-2006, and served as Vice-Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam between 2007 and 2011. Her current positions include director of the national research School for Mediastudies and Board member of the NWO Humanities Division. Van Dijck holds several board appointments in the Netherlands, including the Board of Supervisors (RvT) of VPRO Public Broadcasting and NRC Media.
Danja Vasiliev is a Critical Engineer born in Saint-Petersburg, living and working in Berlin. He is studying Systems and Networks through “anti-disciplinary” experimentation with hardware and software. Using computational platforms Danja engages in examination and exploitation of Network paradigms in physical and digital realms.
Julian Oliver is a New Zealand born Critical Engineer, artist and teacher based in Berlin. His projects and the occasional paper have been presented at many museums, international electronic-art events and conferences, including the Tate Modern, Transmediale, Ars Electronica, FILE and the Japan Media Arts Festival. Julian’s work has received several awards, most notably a Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica 2011 for the project Newstweek.
Julian has given numerous workshops and master classes in software art, creative hacking, data forensics, computer networking, object-oriented programming for artists, augmented reality, virtual architecture, artistic game-development, information visualisation, UNIX/Linux and open source development practices worldwide. He is a long-time advocate of the use of free software in artistic production, distribution and education.
Excellence in young scholarship abounds in the burgeoning field of information law. That is why IVIR provides upcoming scholars a dedicated platform to present their work at the Information Influx Conference.
Sixty-five young scholars from across the world (Europe, USA, Canada, South Africa, India, Mexico and Australia) responded to the call for papers. Fifteen entrants were selected to submit a full paper, on a range of subjects related to the conference topics, among which:
The fifteen papers compete for the Young Scholars Award. The jury is composed of the members of the editorial committee of the open access Journal of Intellectual Property Information Technology and e-Commerce (JIPITEC): Prof. G. Spindler (Göttingen), Prof. A. Metzger (Hannover), Prof. T. Dreier (Karlsruhe), Prof. M. Peguera (Barcelona), Dr. L. Guibault (Amsterdam), assisted by Bart van der Sloot (PhD candidate Amsterdam) and Annabel Brody (editor IriS, Council of Europe Audiovisual Observatory).
At the close of an exciting round of selection between all the papers submitted for the Young Scholars’ Programme of the Information Influx Conference we are proud of the line-up of the Young Scholars program: five young dynamic scholars from Europe and beyond will present the results of their research on current, important and fascinating topics:
The winner of the Young Scholars Award will be announced during the Conference’s opening ceremony in the Auditorium of the University of Amsterdam.
The five best papers will be published in a JIPITEC special issue.
The conference fee includes admission to the academic programme on all days, lunches and refreshment breaks, and a conference dinner and farewell drinks.
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University Library, University of Amsterdam (Doelenzaal)
Young Scholars Competition
(Wednesday 2 July, 13:00 – 16:30)
1012 WP Amsterdam
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Oude Lutherse kerk (the Aula of the University of Amsterdam)
Opening of the Conference
(Wednesday 2 July, 17.00 – 18.30)
1012 WN Amsterdam
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De Rode Hoed
(Thursday 3 July and Friday 4 July, 9:00-18:00)
1015 CV Amsterdam
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(Thursday 3 July, 19:00-21:30)
1012 KD Amsterdam
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