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Wednesday, 11 May 2016 - 6.00pm

Making an Open Information Age: Law, Politics and Economics

Dr Rufus Pollock

Wednesday 11th May, 6-8pm

G24, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

 

Why does making an open information age matter? How would it would work? And how do we make it happen? This talk explores why we should make all public information open, free for anyone to use, share and build on. It covers how a world of open information would work, especially how we can fund innovation and creativity in "open-compatible" ways ranging from up-front methods to remuneration rights. Finally, it talks about the need for cooperation and concerted action to make this happen and why it won't just happen on its own.

"Public" information as we use it means all information that can be legally or legitimately transferred to anyone else whether for free or for a fee. It therefore includes most software, many databases, and all published cultural content as well as the great deal of of the outputs from research and innovation. An open world is thus a signficant change from the situation today where most information is covered by intellectual property monopoly rights such as patents or copyrights (or simply kept secret).      

This talk focuses on the practical feasibility of an open world and how we get there from here. In particular, it looks at the various "open-compatible" funding mechanisms for open information including up-front funding, prizes and remuneration rights providing a detailed blueprint for how an open information society would work.

It also explores the economic, legal and political issues around implementing these including the political economy of current IP lobbying and provides a concrete suggestion for a way forward based on analogy with the environmental movement.

Dr Rufus Pollock is Founder and President of Open Knowledge, an international non-profit using advocacy, technology and training to unlock information and see it used to create insight that drives change. He was formerly a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and a Mead Fellow in Economics at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge and remains an Associate of the Centre for Information and Intellectual Property Law at Cambridge. He is an adviser on open data to several governments and has worked extensively as a scholar, activist and technologist on the social, legal and technical challenges surrounding the creation and sharing of knowledge.

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