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19. April 2016

Contribution to EU consultation “Next Generation Internet”

The European Commission in its Next Generation Internet Survey had asked what the Internet would look like in 2025 and what research is required to get there. Articles on this survey on vgrass.de, Digitale Gesellschaft, Netzpolitik.org and Heise News.

Below is my brief contribution to the survey. I have not yet received an acknowledgement of receipt, nor have my questions been answered whether the results of the survey will be published and how they will be used to inform EU research priorities. Answeres will follow as they are received.


From:
Dr. Volker Grassmuck, media sociologist, Berlin

To:
CNECT-E-NEXTGEN@ec.europa.eu
via webform at https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/nextgen-internet
– as PDF

Berlin, den 10.04.2016
Bez.: EU Survey „Next Generation Internet“

Dear ladies and sirs,

I welcome the opportunity by The Net Futures Directorate to express my opinion on research priorities with respect to the further development of the Internet. (weiterlesen…)

8. April 2016

UPDATE: EU-Konsultation “Next Generation Internet”: Wie soll das Internet 2025 aussehen und welche Forschung braucht es dafür?

net_futures

– Der Konsultationstext ist noch vor 24 Uhr am 10. April von der Site der Europäischen Kommission verschwunden und jetzt in der WayBackMachine nachzulesen. —

„Europa ist Nachzügler im Digitalen.“ So beginnt die Problembeschreibung der Konsultation. Die Europäischer Kommission möchte daher ihre Vision von der Zukunft des Internet erneuern. Dazu führt die Direktion Netzzukunft unter Günther Oettingers Generaldirektion Connect eine Konsultation durch, die noch bis zum 10. April 2016 offen ist. Eine Chance für die Netzgemeinde dazu beizutragen, dass 750 Millionen Euro Forschungsförderung das offene Internet stärken. (weiterlesen…)

1. Februar 2016

Mut zum Tigersprung – Just do it!

Im Rahmen eines Entschließungsantrags der Fraktionen von SPD und Bündnis 90/Die Grünen fand am 28.01.2016 eine Anhörung des Ausschusses für Bundes- und Europaangelegenheiten, Medien und Regionalentwicklung des Niedersächsischen Landtages statt. Hier meine Stellungnahme.

(als PDF)


Mut zum Tigersprung – Just do it!

Stellungnahme zum Entschließungsantrag der Fraktionen von SPD und Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
– Drs.17/4524 „Freies WLAN in Niedersachsen: Freifunk unterstützen, Bürgernetze ausbauen!“

 
Dr. Volker Grassmuck
Mediensoziologe
http://vgrass.de


 

Inhalt
„Freifunk unterstützen, Bürgernetze ausbauen!“
Störerhaftung
____Abmahnindustrie
____„Sommer unseres Lebens“
____Gesetzentwurf
____Reaktionen
____Haftungsfreiheit für alle
Routerzwang und Firmware-Lockdown
Öffentliche Funkfrequenzen und TV White Space
Breitband für alle
Quellen

(weiterlesen…)

9. November 2015

„Kollaboration“ nein danke

In den vergangenen fünfzehn Jahren macht sich die Rede von der „kollaborativen“ Erstellung von freiem Wissen breit. Der Pädagoge und Migrationsforscher Mark Terkessidis möchte „Kollaboration“ zum „ethischen Leitprinzip“ der Gesellschaft machen und Wikimedia hat gemeinsam mit der Berliner Gazette in ihrem „ABC des Freien Wissens“ den Buchstaben K mit „Kollaboration“ belegt. Gegen diese geschichtsvergessene Verwendung des Wortes argumentiert der folgende Text.

Volker Grassmuck
Langfassung eines Textes für Berliner Gazette, 14.11.15

Paris,_der_Kollaboration_beschuldigte_Französinnen. Wikimedia Commons, Bundesarchiv, CC-BY-SA 3.0

Paris, der Kollaboration beschuldigte Französinnen. Wikimedia Commons, Bundesarchiv, CC-BY-SA 3.0

(weiterlesen…)

7. Juni 2015

“Postcolonial Piracy” online

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Postcolonial_PiracyThe anthology Postcolonial Piracy. Media distribution and cultural production in the global south, edited by Lars Eckstein and Anja Schwarz from Potsdam University, is out. It was published by Bloomsbury in late 2014 whom Lars and Anja convinced to do so under a CC licence. The book says BY-NC-SA while the university website says BY-NC-ND and the Bloomsbury website doesn’t say anything at all.  Bloomsbury presents the book in “PDF page image format” as “Bloomsbury Open Access”, telling the reader: “The pages are provided here to facilitate browsing. If intending to read in full, you may prefer to download the original PDF,” but not providing an opportunity to download. Anyway, it is available for download as postprint at the University Potsdam.

The collection comes out of a conference under the same title in December 2011 in Berlin. It includes my contribution “On the Benefits of Piracy”, pre-published under the title “A Proposal for Legalizing Small-Scale Physical Copyright Piracy Book Publishing, Video Films and Music in Developing Countries”.

Table of Contents (weiterlesen…)

14. Februar 2015

Von Privatisierung zu den Allmenden

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untitledVolker Grassmuck, Von Privatisierung zu den Allmenden

Tauschen, Teilen und Kooperieren sind in der Mitte der Gesellschaft angekommen. Verstärker, wenn nicht Auslöser für den Wandel in Bewusstsein und Praxis war ohne Frage das Internet.

in: Peter Bittner, Stefan Hügel, Hans-Jörg Kreowski, Dietrich Meyer-Ebrecht, Britta Schinzel (Hg.), Gesellschaftliche Verantwortung in der digital vernetzten Welt, Reihe: Kritische Informatik Bd. 8, 2014, ISBN 978-3-643-12876-8

Das Forum InformatikerInnen für Frieden und gesellschaftliche Verantwortung e. V. (FIfF) setzt sich seit 30 Jahren mit den Wechselwirkungen von Informatik und Gesellschaft auseinander. Dieser Jubiläumsband mit einer Reihe von Beiträgen bekannter Autorinnen und Autoren lässt ein Spektrum aktueller und brisanter Themen Revue passieren, das von Überwachung und Datenschutz über Rüstung und Informatik, Informatik und Gender, Verantwortung und Fairness im informatischen Handeln bis hin zum kreativen Arbeiten und zu immateriellen Gütern reicht.

16. November 2013

Brazil’s Marco Civil about to be voted in Parliament

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The much applauded Brazilian legislative project for an Internet Bill of Rights is about to enter its decisive phase in the House of Representatives. The Marco Civil da Internet had it ups and downs. A devastating cyber-crime bill introduced by senator Eduardo Azeredo had triggered a wave of protests in 2009. This in turn, led to an innovative, broad, participatory process of drafting a counter-bill guaranteeing fundamental rights on the Internet that was conducted by the Ministry of Justice in partnership with the Center for Technology and Society of the Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School in Rio de Janeiro. The first round of public consultations at the end of 2009 served to identify issues to be dealt with. The draft bill based on the more than 800 contributions was published for public consultation in spring 2010. The administration of President Dilma Rousseff approved the bill and sent it to Congress in August 2011. There it has been postponed and watered down eversince. Especially the net neutrality rules met with resistance by the powerful telcos. Meanwhile, the Lei Azeredo was passed in April 2013.

It took Edward Snowden’s leaks to bring the Marco Civil draft back on track. “In addition to the re-installment of old guarantees aspired for by civil society organisations, the post-Snowden Marco Civil also embodies the reaction of Brazil’s government to the NSA mass surveillance,” writes Monika Ermert on Intellectual Property Watch. She also presents an English language translation of the current text of the bill, prepared by Carolina Rossini, Project Director for the Latin America Resource Center at the Internet Governance and Human Rights programme at the New America Foundation’s OTI.

Voting on the Marco Civil is again scheduled for next week. It is feared that it sufferes the same fate as the similarly progressive Brazilian Copyright Bill, the drafting and public deliberations on which had started in 2005 already, that was delayed countless times and is now schedulded to be voted in 2015. But there is still hope that the indignation over practices by the NSA and US corporations will create the political will and momentum to finally approve the Marco Civil.

18. Juli 2013

The Sharing Turn: Why We are Generally Nice and Have a Good Chance to Cooperate Our Way Out of the Mess We Have Gotten Ourselves into

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Grassmuck, Volker Ralf, The Sharing Turn: Why We are Generally Nice and Have a Good Chance to Cooperate Our Way Out of the Mess We Have Gotten Ourselves into (August 18, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2295622

Published in: Wolfgang Sützl, Felix Stalder, Ronald Maier, Theo Hug (Eds.): Cultures and Ethics of Sharing / Kulturen und Ethiken des Teilens, Innsbruck University Press 2012 ISBN 978-3-902811-74-5

Abstract:
After a period of neoliberal blind faith in the power of economic self-interest and of austerity to tackle its catastrophic effects, we are re-discovering our more pleasant sides. There is currently a surge of interest in sharing – in research in various developmental sciences, in popular debate and most of all in practice. This paper proposes that our society is undergoing a Sharing Turn that has its roots in human nature and in cultural history, is media-technologically enabled by networked computers and is fueled by the rising anger over societal systems that fail to serve the public in- terest. It attempts to set out some of the roots, diverse manifestations and dynamics of this para- digmatic shift, and it expresses hope that the ‘trending’ values of sharing and cooperating will change the world for the better.

Keywords: sharing, cooperation, commons, res universitatis, knowledge commons, commons-based peer-production, evolutionary anthropology, evolutionary biology, homo economicus, scacity, abundance, free software, OA, OER

9. Juni 2013

Atul Chitnis, RIP

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Atul Chitnis

Atul Chitnis

It was for no particular reason that on Monday, 3d of June, I picked the “linux-bangalore.org/2004″ t-shirt from the pile. Or so I thought. When next day I received an e-mail from Harald Welte informing me that Atul Chitnis (on Wikipedia, on LinkeIn) had succumbed to cancer on Monday morning, I realized that my choice of t-shirt hadn’t been by chance.

“Technology For A Free World” is the subtitle on the shirt and the battle-call that had brought Atul and me together. He had invited me to give a talk on the knowledge commons at Linux Bangalore 2001, the first in his series of conferences that would change the Indian tech landscape. I was more than happy to reciprocate and invited him to Berlin for the Wizards of OS 3 in 2004 and to the Wizards of OS 4 in 2006. Linux Bangalore in 2005 widened its scope and became FOSS.IN. Atul invited both Harald and me to an unforgetable FOSS.IN 2005.

Through our encounters in Berlin, where Atul was born, and in Bangalore and Goa I got to know and respect him as a kind, sharing and hospitable friend, a passionate technologist and an impressive mover of massive projects. Up to his last days, Atul was tweeting, and, as Harald told me, planning for FOSS.IN 2013 and working on three books at the same time.

While fond memories of our encounters and conversations keep surfacing, my thoughts go out to Atul’s wife and daughter and to his mother. His personal motto was “You aren’t remembered for doing what is expected of you.” No, Atul you won’t. You will be remembered as the amazing guy you were and for using your skills and visions to a create a free world.

UPDATE

The memories of Atul’s brother Arun, posted on June 8, 2013

19. April 2013

„Alternative distribution models in the digital environment”, Riga, 23 April

The seminar „Alternative distribution models of works protected by copyright in the digital environment” will take place on 23 April 2013 from 9:30 – 14:00 at Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration (RISEBA), Architecture and Media Centre “H2O 6” (Riga, Ūdens iela 6). It is oranised by the Ministry of Culture of Latvia in cooperation with the British Council in the context of Creative Action Week “Create!” (22 to 28 April).

Application by 19 April here.
A live-stream will be available here.

The seminar-discussion will be devoted to tendencies of copyright in the current digital environment. The local and foreign experts will discuss the alternative distribution models of music and e-books online providing their easy accessibility, on one hand, and fair remuneration to the authors, on the other hand. The topics presented by the experts will include: possibility to introduce so-called culture flat-rate for the use of culture products; current tendencies of management of online music rights in Europe, the role of the collective management organisations therein and others.

Participants include Žaneta Jaunzeme-Grende, Minister of Culture; Magda Papēde, doctoral candidate of the University of Freiburg (Germany); Guna Zučika, manager of the band “Brainstorm”; Uldis Zariņš, head of Strategic development unit of the National Library of Latvia; Ilona Tomsone and Rihards Gulbis, Legal Advisors on copyright, Ministry of Culture and myself.

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