If you've been trying to find an excuse to visit NYC this June, don't
forget about the Open Video Conference. Be a very cool group of folks
coming together. Time to sign up.
The Open Video Conference (June 19-20 in NYC) is asking big questions
about the future of video online.
As the medium matures, we face a crossroads: will technology and
public policy support a more participatory culture—one that encourages
and enables free expression and broader cultural engagement? Or will
online video become a glorified TV-on-demand service, a central part
of a permissions-based culture? Web video holds tremendous potential,
but limits on broadband, playback technology, and fair use threaten to
undermine the ability of individuals to engage in dialogues in and
around this new media ecosystem.
Open Video Conference
June 19-20, 2009
New York City
40 Washington Square South (NYU Law School)
Bestselling author Clay Shirky will give a talk about the disruptive
effects of the web. Harvard Professor Jonathan Zittrain (TBC) will
moderate a discussion on industry perspectives with Boxee CEO Avner
Ronen, Blip.tv CEO Mike Hudack, and representatives from YouTube and
Adobe. Lizz Winstead, activist and co-creator of The Daily Show, will
discuss web video as political commentary. Legendary hacker Jon Lech
Johansen (DVD Jon) will address data portability. Mozilla, makers of
the Firefox web browser, will highlight what it's doing to cement open
video standards. You'll hear from Anthony Falzone—executive director
at Stanford's Fair Use Project and counsel to graphic artist Shepherd
Fairey—about the new battle lines drawn around fair use. Voices from
the blogosphere, public media, and traditional media will explore the
ways to make their content work in an open video ecosystem, and much
This is just a peek—have a look at our schedule page for more details:
In addition to two full days of high-profile programming, you can
expect a slate of workshops and behind-the-scenes technical working
groups with leading edge video developers from free software projects
like: VLC, Ogg Theora, GStreamer, Blender, PiTiVi, Miro, Kaltura,
Firefox, and many more. This event should interest anyone with a stake
in art, culture, technology, policy, journalism, or online business.
Organizers and partners include: Participatory Culture Foundation,
Yale ISP, iCommons, Kaltura, Mozilla, Harvard's Berkman Center, Free
Press, Creative Commons, and more.
Register while there's space: http://openvideoconference.org/registration/