Monday, September 01, 2008

'born digital' by urs gasser and john palfrey has been released

I would have reported about the release of 'Born Digital' anyway because it is a timely and most important contribution to the topical issues of understanding how young people who have been born digital tick and what the impact of new media upon the forming of this generation is (and vice versa).
I find it even more urgent to report about the book release however because I am proud to know both of its authors, Urs Gasser and John Palfrey, and happen to know how brilliantly they think and how well they can express their insights.

As a digital migrant, I look forward to holding the book in my hands (kindle is not available in Europe yet so I must give myself happy with having a good old hard copy).

Here is more about the book and the whole digital natives project.
Do buy the book because we indeed need to know what is happening with the digital natives and not just make unqualified guesses as digital migrants.

PS: Congrats, Urs and John! Well done, as always.

Monday, June 02, 2008

call for papers a2k

As a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Communications Law and Policy (IJCLP), I am delighted to let you know that the Information Society Project of Yale Law School and the IJCLP have just announced their fifth interdisciplinary writing competition and call for papers in conjunction with the A2K3 conference taking place on September 8-10, 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Students, scholars, policy-makers, technologists, activists, and industry representatives are invited to submit papers on access to knowledge (A2K) and communications law and policy for publication by the IJCLP. Submissions must be received by June 30th 2008.

Panel topics for this year’s conference include:

• The Development Agenda at WIPO
• A2K and Human Rights
• A2K and Global Trade
• Research and Capacity-Building for A2K
• Prize Mechanisms for Innovation
• Copyright Exceptions and Limitations
• Media and Communication Rights
• Open Business Models
• Technologies for Access

All submissions should be written in English and submitted in .doc, .rtf, .odt, or .pdf format. Submissions should conform to academic citation standards, be no longer than 15,000 words, and must include an abstract no longer than 250 words. Submissions should be e-mailed simultaneously to Simone Francesco Bonetti, chief editor of the IJCLP (; Lea Shaver, director of the Access to Knowledge Program of the Yale ISP ( and Shay David, Co-Founder and CTO of Kaltura (

We very much look forward to your intriguing submissions.