Call for OSCE papers: IASC European Regional Conference (Bern, 10-13 May)

I saw this today on the Open Source Hardware mailing list - any academics in our midst who might like to present a paper?

Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 11:55:01 +0100
From: Wouter Tebbens
Subject: Digital Commons panel @ IASC European Regional Conference (Bern, 10-13 May)

Dear commoners,

you’ll probably know the IASC: International Association for the Study on the Commons, in particular for their global conferences on this topic. Together with the IASC conference organisers we have defined a panel on Digital Commons. We invite you to submit a paper.

Digital commons in a ‘glocal’ world
Panel Convenors: Wouter Tebbens (Free Knowledge Institute) Massimo Canevacci (University of Rome “La Sapienza” University do Sao Paulo (IEA-USP)
See in the Call for Papers,

We think the digital commons perspective should not miss from the very interesting conference agenda. Therefore we urge you to submit a paper.

Some topics that could relate to the IASC conference in general and to this panel in particular could for example be the following:

  • the effects of current intellectual property regulations (mostly in the interest of multinational companies and large capitals) on the digital commons
  • the alternative commons-based approaches for sharing digital forms of knowledge, as pioneeered by the Free Software Movement and nowadays known in a variety of fields, from Open Standards, to Open Educational
    Resources, from Open Design to Open Source Hardware and Free Culture.
  • the local resilience based on commons based networks of peers sharing knowledge, building telecom networks, food cooperatives, etc
  • the return of artesanal practices enriched with digital tools
  • the combination of global sharing of (industrial) knowledge and designs with a growing local production
  • sustainability by needing less and producing less: the motivations of peers producing and sharing knowledge as commons generating an abundance economy, much more satisfying than the consumption society; planned
    obsolescence and mass production in general manufacture more than humans need; bottum up, pull instead of push channeling of human needs with manufacturing of really needed products
  • sustainability by repairing and extending product’s lifetime: what legal challenges do we need to overcome?

These and other topcis would be very welcome for this panel. If in doubt don’t hesitate to contact us.

Below follow further details of the CfP.

  • All paper proposals (abstract of 500 words and 5 keywords) have to be uploaded with indication of the panel they want to participate in until February 5th via the IASC-conference website
  • The panel should contain max. 5 paper contributions (All panels will last two hours and will include a maximum of 5 paper contributions. This implies 15 minutes for each paper contribution and 5 minutes discussion
    at the end of each contribution. This structure allows for a discussion of 20 minutes at the end of each panel).

Deadline for submitting paper abstracts is February 5, 2016
Please submit your paper abstract (500 words) via the IASC Conference Registration Module:
Please contact us if you have questions:

best regards,

Wouter Tebbens
Unlocking the Knowledge Society


we could present the text I just wrote for Anstiftung Ertomis, just need to translate the parts that I changed for the German version if it needs to be in English. If that is academic enough… Lars, what do you think? They were very happy with it.