Archive for May 8th, 2009

The Friday Forum – A Weekly Series of Virtual Conferences – Open Access

Classes and exams have now concluded at the University of Ottawa and students won't be back on campus until September.  Rather than taking a full hiatus on lectures, I thought it would be interesting to pull together a weekly virtual conference series using the incredible array of video lectures that have been posted online in recent years.  The Friday Forum will be a weekly blog posting on a topic within the broad umbrella of law, technology, and policy.  If you were to watch all the videos in their in its entirety, each virtual conference would take about a half-day.  I'll also post additional readings and materials for those that want to dig more deeply into the issues.  On most issues, there is a wealth of choice, so I'm bound to miss some great lectures that are on point. 

This first Friday Forum virtual conference is the first of three on open access.  This collection of lectures focuses on the open access movement and latest developments.  Next week, I'll touch on some specific issues such as government data, access to law, development issues, and science commons.  The final virtual conference will highlight the recent move toward university open access mandates.

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May 8, 2009 3 comments News

Tossell’s Last Globe Column

I posted earlier that this week is Ivor Tossell's final column for the Globe.  He goes out with a piece on Star Trek fan sites that concludes with these remarkable four paragraphs: There's a lot of things you can do with the Internet. You can sit around all day, strip-mining […]

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May 8, 2009 1 comment News

EC Launches Consultation On Canadian IP Laws

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the state of Canadian economic rules ahead of the negotiations on a Canada – EU free trade agreement (hat tip – Jamie Love).  The consultation includes a full chapter on intellectual property including questions on satisfaction with Canadian IP law, whether […]

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Lofgren “Very Nervous” About ACTA

The National Journal reports that Congresswomen Zoe Lofgren has expressed her concern about ACTA.  Lofgren told a crowd of high-tech executives that the six-page outline of ACTA leaves her very nervous, particularly the prospect of moving toward a three-strikes approach for ISPs.

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Globe Drops Tossell Column

On the same week that Search Engine is cancelled by the CBC (though happily picked up by TVO), Ivor Tossell has disappointingly announced that the Globe and Mail has dropped his weekly column.  Tossell wrote thoughtfully on a wide range of digital issues with some of the best commentary on […]

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