What are ICT and internet policies and why should we care about them?

Introduction by Brandon

- to intellectual property, background to some legislation and historical policies ==> intellectualisation of anglo-american perceptions and notions.

ideas about 'commons' which is a bit different from the 'public domain'

public domain: an artist putting something in the public domain means that it is available and someone could then take it to make money from

commons: there are certain restrictions on how publically available information is used - examples Berkley licensing (needs clarification), free software and the GNU General Public License

WSIS - World Summit on Information Society - hosted by UN, goal is to bring together heads of state, executive leaders of international organisations (UN etc) and NGOs to look at further development of information technology policies....

will determine on international level cos it'll determine on an international level ICT policy frameworks.

APC Presentation

Questions that need to be asked...

1 - what is information technology?

2 - what is civil society and what does 'civil society' represent?

all of us here, church groups, firemen, doctors, also: - governments; - coordinating committee of business interloculators.

CCBI - v. strong representation on all the UN presentations

micro$oft in attendance - but had own individual representation.

one of the problems was that the public forums were not advertised - especially outside of academia. and then, the forum just travelled around to different geographical locations - and reconvened!


APC looking for volunteers and RSS/syndication of different stories and information exchange. APC = volunteer organisation but hoping to get some paid wokrers.


WSIS is perceived as 'The' conference on information, much as Rio was 'the' conference on the environment.

Funding for APC from Canada - CIDA - Canadian International Development Association

cross-sharing of information amongst people

currently trying to get the Australian Round Table project involved - looks as if they want to get involved in the website at the moment so that work isn't duplicated. Potential to reach a much broader community

to re-iterate, part of the problem is that the group is speaking on behalf of everyone in this society (but not actually getting feedback from them all about it!).

Worth noting that independent information tech. users were excluded.

Here is the WSIS? We Seize website which documents the counter event to WSIS held concurrently in Geneva in Dec 2003 http://www.geneva03.org/


Many familiar with the Free Trade agreement that is being introduced. Chapter 17 has to do with the harmonisation of ip addresses and there is quite some concern in Australia about this. Recently flew in Lawrence Lessig from Stanford University - Professor with interest in ip stuff

creative commons ideas of how little do we actually have to make rules? interest in creating alternative licensing eg copyleft, creative commons licenses that allow us to share information rather than restricting access

other examples - in Germany and Brazil - of throwing out micro$oft and using alternative systems.

we should be able to license our own works in our own interests nad the interests of our community.

demo of a quick flash presentation (about 5 minutes length) shown to group - http://mirrors.creativecommons.org/reticulum_rex

capital has depended upon their capitalisation of stuff that is put into the mainstream - copyright is currently 70 years after when it is created. Trying to get new licenses for 14 years. Indymedia and other users of media can really help influence this....

More Discussion and Questions

Abominable slander laws in Australia which are really stringent against individual publishers (or maybe, more off-putting); how is this dealt with in the 14 year, intellectual property style licenses?

not entirely sure!!

creative commons shouldn't change the way slander/libel/defamation is affected.

discussion on how indymedia is using licensing - http://www.v2v.org specifies there must be a sharealike license, archives.org prompts users to select a license.

another explanation of it all: existing copyright 'bundles' together a whole load of different restrictions. new strategies are based around 'unbundling' this and trying to get provide just the few limitations that the author(s) want to use....

are the licensing etc through the creative commons - are they enforceable through present legislation?? no-one could quote a specific example but we are aware of instances where it has been contested - although it may not have reached legal dispute yet. probably contestable under 'contract' law. as well, creative commons does not actually exclude any laws

'fair usage' - in Australia, 10% of printed material. Guidance available from http://copyright.org.au/

other aspects to fighting enclosure and creating systems we can use to share material (that we believe is important but may be restricted) - encryption, fighting illegally online, online anti-authoritarianism, p2p-filesharing,

-- GarconDuMonde - 17 Jul 2004

-- WSIS? We Seize website added in APC discussion section by doll - 25 jul 2004
Topic revision: r4 - 31 Jul 2004, AndMelb
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