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Defining the commons

SAPPORO 31 July 2008 (Andrew Garton for APCNews)

CC licenseCC licenseClick here to watch the Identifying the Information Commons sampler from Day 01 and that of Day 02 of the iCommons iSummit. The excerpt was produced and put together by APC.au’s Andrew Garton. APC’s Australian member ison the ground in Japan to offer the world a glimpse of what the iSummit 08 is about and to produce the joint APC and iCommons micro-documentary, Nailing the Commons. The composer, producer and media artist participated in the do-it-yourself video and Asia Commons tracks in Sapporo and along with and BlueLink’s Pavel Antonov, interviewed a cross-section of participants. Here is a selection of “report backs on the Asia Commons…”:http://www.apc.org/en/blog/freedom/all/diy-video-and-asia-commons

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Sapporo's open and free side

SAPPORO 29 July 2008 (FD for APCNews)

iSummit 08 PosteriSummit 08 PosterOn July 29, free thinkers and open culture activists from around the world gathered on Hokkaidō island, Japan. What is so free and open about this venue, traditionally inhabited by the Ainu People? The fourth edition of the global ICommons ISummit, reply those converging on the island’s city, Sapporo. The summit is set to “grow the commons” until August 1 and beyond, as participants – among them APC members and staff – will advocate for open content, open education, do-it-yourself video, and academic research on free culture.
>>Read Natalie Brown’s blog post on linguistic diversity at iSummit 08
>>Watch Andrew Garton’s in-the-field video, asking the question, what is the commons?

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Media piracy: Approaching IP from the South

JOHANNESBURG 21 July 2008 (Natalie Brown for APCNews)

As new copyright laws attempt to keep pace with the shifting landscape of digital cultural production, legal restrictions on media use and distribution are being championed by heavyweights in the global media industry. This has led to the web of restrictions on media consumption becoming denser. Civil society network APC hopes to re-shape the discourse surrounding piracy by providing a thoroughly researched, credible alternative to the industry’s data.

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Access to Knowledge Global Conference

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Sep 8 2008 - 9:00am - Sep 10 2008 - 5:00pm

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Institute for Global Communications (IGC)
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Web & Multimedia Creative Director 多媒体,网络和未来媒体创意总监
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www.ailingcai.com Born in China, Shanghai. Award-winning design specialist, artist, and leader with diverse portfolio of success spanning website, multimedia, and user interface design. Intrinsic creative talent and keen eye for quality design and document/Web site layout. Fluent in English, Chinese, and Italian.

Copyright and education in Africa: Launch of the ACA2K network

JOHANNESBURG 29 April 2008 (Asma Hassan for ACA2K)

As the global community marked World Intellectual Property Day 2008, last 26th of April, an eight-country African research network was launched with a mandate to investigate the relationship between copyright and education in African countries.

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apc.au celebrates Document Freedom Day

MELBOURNE 26 March 2008 (Grant McHerron for apc.au)

APC member apc.au releases ten years of essays, lectures, reports and articles dealing with information communication technologies for cultural development to celebrate Document Freedom Day 2008

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Access to Knowledge Conference (A2K3)

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Geneva
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Sep 8 2008 (All day) - Sep 10 2008 (All day)

New book on disaster communication richly illustrated

NEW DELHI, INDIA 19 February 2008 (Anupama Saxena & Malathi Subramanian for APCNews)

Disaster situations: From the TVE Asia Pacific website. Reference: http://www.tveap.org/disastercomm/Disaster situations: From the TVE Asia Pacific website. Reference: http://www.tveap.org/disastercomm/
All of us are aware of the biggest maritime disaster the world has known: the sinking of the ‘unsinkable’ HMS Titanic. But what many of us may not be aware of is that the wireless operators on the Titanic had, in fact, received alerts from other ships about massive icebergs in the vicinity. But the operators, overworked with transmitting private messages of the ship’s wealthy passengers, failed to pass that vital information onto the bridge.

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