thinking of Aaron Swartz... here is the sort of conference that attracted him and his kind
David's f2c (freedom to connect) conference is one of the best society and digital technology conferences around. I've been to several and strongly recommend them to anyone from techno-social activist to technologist to communication industry types. Great speakers, great people, great music and the opportunity to talk with folks who are changing the world.
here is the announcement for ftc 2013
Friends, Colleagues, People of the Internet,
F2C: Freedom to Connect will be held on March 4 & 5, 2013
in the Washington DC area. See http://bit.ly/f2c2013 or
http://freedom-to-connect.net for details.
You may register at http://f2c.eventbrite.com -- deeply
discounted early bird prices are in effect until mid January.
F2C: Freedom to Connect is designed to bring
under-represented people and issues into the Washington, DC
based federal policy discussion. F2C: Freedom to Connect
revolves around three central topics.
The first is an open infrastructure owned or controlled by,
and responsive to the community it serves and whose resources
it depends upon. This will be addressed by Joey Durel (Mayor
of Lafayette LA), Terry Huval (Director of Lafayette
Utilities System), Pat Kennedy (founder, Lit San Leandro),
Chris Mitchell (MuniNetworks.Org), James Salter (Atlantic
Engineering Group), Catharine Rice (President, SEATOA) and
others to be announced.
The second is a publicly specified set of Internet protocols
open to all who meet its specifications.This will be address
by Vint Cerf (Internet Evangelist, Google), Peter Cochrane
(former Chief Scientist, BT), Dan Gillmor (Founding Director
of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at
Arizona State University) and other speakers to be announced.
The third is the use of the Internet to promote government
of, by and for the people, and to counteract autocratic
government power. This topic will be addressed by Ed Bender
(Executive Director, National Institute on Money and State
Politics), Darcy Burner (Candidate for US House of
Representatives, 2006, 2008, 2012), Lisa Graves (Executive
Director of the Center for Media and Democracy), Ben Huh
(founder, Cheezeburger.com), Alexis Ohanian
(co-founder,Reddit & instigator of the Internet 2012 Bus
Tour), and Alec Ross [tentative] (Senior Advisor for
Innovation, US State Department) and others to be announced.
Of course, many of F2C's speakers will address two, or all
three of these profoundly interrelated topics.
I'm thrilled by the speakers who have signed up so far,
and can't wait to hear what they have to say! I'm also
honored that such distinguished and accomplished people
have accepted the invitation to speak at F2C: Freedom to
More invitations are out, and additional F2C speakers
will be announced over the next few weeks.
If you're curious about what happens at F2C: Freedom to
Connect, here's a 90 second video sampling of F2C 2012:
Videos of all of F2C 2012 are available here:
F2C: Freedom to Connect 2013 will be sponsored by:
The Media Democracy Fund
The Open Technology Institute
The Sunlight Foundation
More sponsors will be announced over the next few weeks.
The price of registration will go up substantially on
January 18, so register now at http://f2c.eventbrite.com
One final note. I hate spam as much as you do or more.
If this email, or others like it, are not welcome in
your inbox, PLEASE let me know. A one word email
-- UNSUB -- in reply to this will suffice, and please
accept my apologies in advance.
See you at F2C: Freedom to Connect, March 4 & 5, Wash DC.