May 16

The future of the open web

The future of the open web

The future of the open web description

In 2000, Professor Lawrence Lessig explained in an essay entitled Code is Law that the Web poses a question about the relationship between software and our values. As people create software, they are also making a decision about fundamental issues like freedom and privacy. Nearly two decades later, in a world woven together by the Web, this conversation is as relevant as ever. The Web has tremendous growth thanks to some of the technical and social decisions that were made in the Web’s formation. Many of these decisions reflect public, cooperative principles—an Open Web—rather than a network that is exclusive, walled, private, and proprietary. However, many questions about the governance and state of the Web have shifted or remained unanswered over time.

This day will be a discussion of the future of the Open Web and focus on “openness” in three dimensions as they relate to the Web: open-source software, open science, and open platforms. The discussions will include perspectives from policy makers, academics, activists, and practitioners. Although policy questions will play a prominent role in this debate, the day will appeal to a larger audience, including anyone who has a stake in the Web. Sessions will include an introduction to the pending questions in each focus area, a conversation among invited experts who bring differing perspectives on Web policy, and a final keynote to tie these conversations together into a thesis about the future of the Open Web. Together, these sessions will ask what the future of the Web should say about our values, what our values should say about the future of the Web, and how our hopes for an ideal Web of the future might pan out in practice.



Organizers

Stephen LaPorte

Bob West

Advisor

Luc Henry

Tentative schedule
 

Opening remarks
10:30 - 10:45
Invited talk 1
Clinical Professor of Law, UC Irvine School of Law; Director of International Justice Clinic; UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights to Freedom of Opinion and Expression
10:45 - 11:15
Invited talk 2 Brewster Kahle Internet Archive
11:15 - 11:45
Showcase: Infomesh Web Platform Laura Perrenoud and Alfatih Al Zouabi, Eryk Salvaggio ECAL University of Art and Design Lausanne, Swissnex San Francisco
11:45 - 11:50
Invited talk 3 Dr. Tim Smith CERN
11:50 - 12:20
Invited talk 4 Alexandra Elbakyan SciHub
12:20 - 12:35
Lunch
12:35 - 14:00
Invited talk 5 Nadia Eghbal Protocol Labs
14:00 - 14:30
Invited talk 6 Adam Knight Oxford, TongDigital
14:30 - 15:00
Showcase: Infomesh Web Platform Laura Perrenoud and Alfatih Al Zouabi, Eryk Salvaggio ECAL University of Art and Design Lausanne, Swissnex San Francisco
15:00 - 15:05
Invited talk 7 MEP Marietje Schaake Member of European Parliament
15:05 - 15:30
Break
15:30 - 16:00
Panel
Moderator:Jan Gerlach
Wikimedia Foundation
16:00 - 16:45
Closing talk Professor Lawrence Lessig Harvard University
16:45 - 17:30

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