The biggest international gathering of people devoted to free culture will convene in Sapporo, Japan for a four-day confab, from July 29-August 1. Hosted by iCommons, the spinoff organization created by Creative Commons, the event will feature ten keynote addresses by leading figures in the commons world (including OTC’s own David Bollier). It will also feature participatory “labs” focusing on open education, open business, DIY (do it yourself) video, interdisciplinary research on free culture, and issues facing the Global South (“Local Context, Global Commons”). For anyone wishing to take stock of the full gamut of global activity in the cultural and online commons, this promises to be an incomparable event.
Like the previous three iCommons Summits, the Sapporo one will bring together a highly eclectic array of digital pioneers from dozens of nations: free-culture filmmakers from Britain, copyfighters from Croatia, open-access publishing advocates from the U.S., open-business entrepreneurs from Luxembourg, free software hackers from India, Creative Commons leaders from around the world, and many others. For more about the Summit, click here and for more about the conference schedule of speakers and labs, click here.