Free Open Shared events

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FREE OPEN SHARED is our new event series for conversations about policy, collaboration, and knowledge at the Wikimedia Foundation.

We aim to present speakers from the world of open culture, free Internet advocacy, research, and online collaboration about once a quarter. The talks will be open to the public. Please find information on our first event in this series below.

Next event[edit]

We will announce our next event here. Stay tuned.


A conversation with David Kaye about the global threats to freedom of expression online.[edit]

On November 7, Wikimedia Foundation, Mozilla, and the International Justice Resource Center hosted David Kaye for a talk about the increasing challenges to freedom of expression and other human rights in the digital age. David identified what he sees as the major threats to freedom online and offered measures to reverse the trends, which suggest increased government and corporate power over the enjoyment of human rights.

David Kaye is a professor of law at the University of California, Irvine, and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. His work has addressed, among other topics, encryption and anonymity as promoters of freedom of expression, the protection of whistleblowers and journalistic sources, and the roles and responsibilities of private Internet companies. His academic research and writing have focused on accountability for serious human rights abuses, international humanitarian law, and the international law governing use of force.

The talk was recorded. You can watch it here.

A Conversation about Privacy in Asia with Malavika Jayaram[edit]

On February 2, 2017 we had the pleasure of hosting Malavika Jayaram at our foundation offices in downtown San Francisco. Malavika is the inaugural Executive Director of the Digital Asia Hub in Hong Kong (incubated by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University), and spoke about different concepts of privacy and identity in the Indian and larger Asian contexts. A practising lawyer and then academic, her most recent research interests cover biometrics, identity and data ethics, and emerging questions around AI. Her work also links privacy and anonymity online with questions around freedom of expression, assembly and autonomy. Malavika has previously been a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center and is on the Advisory Board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).

The talk was recorded. You can watch it here.

A Conversation about Copyright with Mike Masnick[edit]

On October 27, 2016 we held the first our first event of the Free Open Shared series at the offices of the Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco. As our first speaker, we invited Mike Masnick (Copia Institute)to talk about the state of copyright in 2016 and the need for smart reform. Covering technology and the Internet for almost 20 years on his popular blog Techdirt, Mike is a renowned expert and commenter on all things gone wrong with policy in the digital age. In his energetic talk, Mike walked us trough the history of copyright and contrasted the original intentions of copyright laws with today's abuse of copyright rules to chill speech, among other things.

The talk was recorded. You can watch it here.