Who owns the football World Championship? And what will be the future of downloading? These are two of the many interesting questions set to be raised during the international 'Information Influx' congress. The keynote speech will be given by professor Yochai Benkler from the Harvard Law School.
The conference will take place on 2, 3 and 4 July at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and is staged by the UvA's Institute for Information Law (IViR), celebrating the 25th anniversary of its inception this year.
From the NSA and Spotify to Wikileaks and Facebook, the congress will look at topics that have been a major focus in recent years. These and many other issues will be discussed as part of the international 'Information Influx' congress.
The core question of the congress is: how will information law develop over the next 25 years? In addition to Yochai Benkler who, in his keynote speech titled 'Degrees of Freedom' will talk about law and freedom in the Internet society, the congress will offer a platform for around 60 speakers and 200 participants from the fields of academia, politics, the business community, the arts and online activism. Other key speakers include Fred von Lohmann (Google), who will discuss the future of copyright, and Prof. Deirdre Mulligan (UC Berkeley), who will present her thoughts on privacy.
In addition to the keynote speeches by academics of international standing, 14 panel discussions will cover the full spectrum of information law in all its facets. These will include talks on the intellectual property rights involved in the football World Championship, the (de)criminalisation of file sharing and blocking of The Pirate Bay, the privacy aspects of online advertising, and of course the return of 'Big Brother' and the Snowden disclosures.
The congress will take place on on 2, 3 and 4 July. The opening and keynote speech by Prof. Benkler will be at 17:00 on 2 July in de UvA Aula (the main auditorium), and is open to the public. The rest of the congress will take place on 3 and 4 July at De Rode Hoed in Amsterdam.