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11-14 may | an open interactive video broadcasting will be organized on the site. Everybody is welcome!
RSHU - House of Russian Government

Folker Grassmuck
Bio: Media researcher & freelance writer. Did research on artificial intelligence, garbage, otaku, the Turing Galaxy and on the history of media and identity discourse in Japan. Currently teaching at the Institute for Computer Science in Education and Society of Humboldt University Berlin doing research on the "Knowledge Order of Digital Media", and networking media cultures as part of the group mikro e.V., curating the event series "The Wizards of OS".

The Digital Knowledge Order Between Rights Protection Systems and Public Domain
The Internet as it emerged during the 70s and 80s was a wide-open and
largely unregulated space. "Information wants to be free" was one of its philosophical fundamentals. It nurtured cooperation, learning and sharing. Its attitude towards power is best expressed by the credo of its developer community: "We reject: kings, presidents and voting. We believe in: rough consensus and running code. "During the 90s new powerful users entered net space, and didn't like what they saw, and began shaping it according to their interests. Commercialization of its infrastructure and its content set it. Various government agencies started to intervene and regulate. The 'data lords' (aka the rights industry) are erecting walls to protect their digital wares. If they succeed, knowledge will be fenced in, partitioned minutely into individual usages, metered, tracked and even made to self-destruct if it senses a license infringement. On the other side we saw a mighty re-emergence of the sharing hacker spirit in the form of the free software movement. GNU/Linux didn't only prove that it's a better operating system than Microsoft can build. Most of all it proved that a lose open cooperation of individuals unfettered by money concerns can be a rewarding worthwhile thing to do. Open code set an example that inspired other forms of open knowledge, open encyclopedias, open theory, even open law. These are the two trajectories on which the Internet is moving today: toward openness and toward closure. Each choice you make on the net supports either one or the other.

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