The Julia Group (”Juliagruppen”) has presented the panel participants for the forthcoming seminar Nets and Conversations (”Nät och Samtal”) on Aug 19th at 13:00-19:00 CET, in Stockholm, Sweden. The seminar will be held at the National Museum of Science and Technology and it is a public seminar where participants are going to discuss, share thoughts and to picture a future about an open internet with its various challenges.
This seminar – unlike other recent seminars with similar subject matter – will aim at emphazising a user-driven, open and decentralized development and to create a community for the advancement of such an expansion. The Julia Group would appreciate if this initiative could spawn further conversations between different fields in research and academia, as this will be needed not only to advance the expansion of the ‘swedish’ net infrastructure, but also to develop ideas and tools in order for us to re-establish Sweden as one of the most advanced in terms of net activism and net political solutions to a wider audience.
Participants come from industry, academia and grass-roots initiatives and everyone will get a chance to get to know each other after the panel sessions. This intimate setting will hopefully enable people to dig deep into the different possible futures of the net.
The Julia Group is a newly formed coalition of people from research, journalism and industry previously engaged with the EU telecoms package who are now arranging a seminar series on different aspects of the future of the net. The aim is to examine and develop new political strategies and posibilities for working towards a future where openess and transparency is still a central and vital part of the internets project. With the seminars the hope is to establish a community of people working with these issues.
I recommend that you read material concerning law, regulation, anonymity, internet infrastructure, the European Union, net neutrality, HADOPI as well as the telecoms package etc. prior to the seminar.
Here are the details for the seminar:
13.00 – 14.45 – Infrastructure
Is there a future for an open and free internet? What type of obstacles, technical and political possibilities do we face during the forthcoming 5-10 years? Is net neutrality important in Sweden and in Europe? Is there a cause for concern within the IT-sphere? If yes, then how should we face and challenge this concern?
15.00 Talk: Jeremie Zimmermann, La Quadrature du Net
Jeremie Zimmerman needs no lengthy introduction. As co-founder and spokesperson for the french initiative La Quadrature Du Net – which is an activist group that works with information and net political questions – Zimmerman will give a key note speech that connects the two fields with each other, thus introducing both the net political questions for a wider audience and hopefully give a few pointers about where we are heading in terms of an open internet with its different unregulated innovative solutions and possibilities. If you want to see a possible unification of European net activism and politics, then this is one of the key figures we ought to listen to.
15.15 – 17.00 – Net activism
Recently we have seen how the internet has spawned a realisation of democratic ideals, however, how do the newly formed net based grassroot initiatives work and what are links are there to legislators, politicians and the media? How important is anonymity and what net political tools do we want to develop during the forthcoming years? How do we develop net activism?
Emma Marie Andersson (Net activist and blogger),
Joakim Jardenberg (Mindpark.se),
Johanna Nylander (Journalist and blogger, now at Expressen.se),
Erik Josefsson (Hired by the Green group in the European Parliament, working for the Swedish Pirate Party).
17.00 – 19.00 – Conversations
As this initiative aims to be a positive and forward thinking seminar where we all meet, discuss and envision a future with an open internet, we need to rethink our positions and how we can re-envision a fruitful and forward thinking path for the future. After the seminar, there will be at least two hours of discussion and a chance to meet new people, network and to gain new and valuable perspectives on how we all use the internet, as well as talk about where we are headed. Be sure to prepare those in-depth questions, to think about what concerns you, your profession or related to how you use or are affected by the internet.
The Julia Group hopes that this seminar will create a positive conversation and interconnect different views and spheres in the mutual interest for the future of the internet. Information is also available in swedish at the National Museum of Science and Technology or Juliagruppen.
When the huge impact of internet technologies on our society becomes clear to both politicians and businesses at the same time as an economy in crisis is looking for new areas of growth, the question about the future infrastructure of the net is once again at stake.
At the same time, internet users all over Europe have gained a new interest in the democratic process through issues such as immaterial property, digital civil rights and the role of digital technologies in shaping our networked society. These issues cut across traditional lines of conflict and create new methods, alliances, actors and publics. The internet is both the thing at stake and the platform used in this new political space.
The seminar will be broadcasted live @ http://bambuser.com/channel/juliagruppen