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Saturday, May 11 • 2:30pm - 3:55pm
Strategies for defending the commons and the users (Roundtable: Sophie Bloemen, Alek Tarkowski; Lightning talks: Luis Roman Arciniega Gil, Helen Chuma-Okoro)

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Strategies for defending the commons and the users (Roundtable: Sophie Bloemen, Alek Tarkowski; Lightning talks: Luis Roman Arciniega Gil, Helen Chuma-Okoro)

During the session, we will conduct a roundtable on strategies for defending the commons and the users, followed by two lightning talks on related topics.

In the first part, Sophie Bloemen and Alek Tarkowski will facilitate a roundtable discussion with all session participants on strategies for defending the commons and the users. The roundtable will build on the keynote talk given by Sophie on Thursday evening.

We will discuss the possibility of developing a framework for digital policies that is based around such concepts as the commons, decentralisation, self-determination and public provision of goods. We want to ask the question: is such a broad vision needed, and useful, for the Creative Commons and the free culture movement? As a starting point, we will take the experience of desgning "Shared Digital Europe", a new vision for digital policymaking in Europe. We believe that an alternative, high-level frame is needed to move us away from the market orthodoxy that dominates much of policy debates - not just in Europe, but all over the world.

The roundtable will be followed by two lightning talks.

Helen Chuma-Okoro will give a talk on "User-right approach to copyright law reform in Africa from the angle of access to learning material & right to education". This presentation argues for a strong user-rights philosophy and objective in copyright law reform as imperative to the achievement of public interest objectives, such as the right to education, which can be seriously affected by copyright standards that inhibit the access learning materials. The research will be useful to ongoing copyright reform processes. Additionally, it could motivate the necessary reforms where no such project is ongoing.

Luis Roman Arciniega Gil will give a talk "Towards the recognition of open public data as informational commons". Everyday new platforms providing different services are created and all of them have data at the core of its operating model. Considering open public data as a common good implies rethinking its legal nature and recognizing collective rights over such type of data to shape its institutional order and guarantee its protection.

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Luis Roman Arciniega Gil

Junior Researcher, CERAPS - Université de Lille
PhD candidate in Digital law at the University of Lille and Young researcher at the Centre for European Research on Administration, Politics and Society. He currently collaborates to the Public Governance Directorate of the OECD, Unit of Gender, Justice, and Inclusiveness, Access... Read More →
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Helen Chuma-Okoro

Senior Research Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Helen Chuma-Okoro is a Research Fellow at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS). She is also a member of the New and Emerging Researchers Group (NERG), which is a group of emerging scholars engaged in researching about Africa, under the auspices of the Open Africa... Read More →

Saturday May 11, 2019 2:30pm - 3:55pm WEST
Tokyo Room, 4th Floor, Museu do Oriente Av. Brasília 352, 1350-279 Lisboa, Portugal