The International CopyCamp Conference is the first Central-and-Eastern European annual event to undertake a multi-sided, balanced and unrestrained discussion on the social and economic impacts of copyright. The third edition of the conference will be again an occasion to conduct a international debate characterized by high standards of communication and openness to the input from all interested parties - representatives of cultural institutions and the media, creative sectors, academic, legal, political and business circles, administration and non-governmental organisations - and the general public from all over the world with special attention to the perspective of the Visegrad Group countries.The programme is of the multi-track variety, details of which you can find here. The organisers explain:
We are glad to announce having two esteemed keynote speakers: Cory Doctorow, a London-based journalist and science fiction author, winner of the Prometheus and Campbell Awards, co-editor of Boing Boing and author of Little Brother and Birgitta Jónsdóttir, an Icelandic poet and member of the Icelandic parliament, internet activist, freedom of information and freedom of speech defender.
Presentation proposals must be submitted in the form of an abstract of no more than 1,800 characters under one of the enlisted thematic tracks that characterize this year’s conference. Each track explores a different aspect of the influence of copyright on our life. Submit your proposal at: http://copycamp.pl/en/contact/register. Please note: your presentation should not exceed 10 minutes.The event's strategic partners are the Association of Authors ZAiKS and Google. The Coalition for Open Education is also backing it.
This blogger notes the commitment to discussion which is "multi-sided, balanced and unrestrained" and wonders how easily these criteria will be fulfilled -- especially if the pro-copyright side in the great debate is unrepresented or under-represented.