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Die europäische Studentenorganisation AEGEE organisiert Ende März in den Nijmegen/Niederlande ein zweitägiges Symposium zu Fragen der Privatheit im digitalen Raum. Gerne habe ich zugesagt, etwas zur Konferenz beizutragen, als Student war ich selbst einmal bei AEGEE aktiv in Sachen europäische Völkerverständigung, in der “Antenne” Osnabrück. Eine solche Veranstaltung zu organisieren, das ist eine Heidenarbeit, wenn man nebenbei studiert, aber das gehört zu den Erfahrungen der Universtitätszeit, die mehr Wert haben mögen als Scheine für die eigene Entwicklung. Typisch für AEGEE ist auch die intellektuelle Offenheit und Internationalität. Ich habe gesehen, dass die sehr engagierten Veranstalter, allesamt Studenten, mir auf der vorläufigen Agenda das Thema “ACTA” zugewiesen haben. In der Thematik der europäischen Verwaltungstransparenz ein musterhafter Fall im letzten Jahr. Ich hoffe, ich treffe einige Kollegen und sehr Interessierte in den Niederlanden, den niederländischen IT-Journalisten Brenno de Winter sehe ich zum Beispiel auf dem Programm, …

Die vorläufige (?) Website der Veranstalter.

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Die 12. ISSE-Konferenz (Information Systems Solutions Europe) findet vom 5. bis 7.10.2010 in Berlin 
statt. 

http://www.CIO.bund.de/SharedDocs/Kurzmeldungen/DE/2010/100819_isse.html

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ELDR conference on the future of the euro zone
Thursday 17th June 2010 – 13.00 to 15:00
Concert Noble, rue d’Arlon 82, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
In the framework of the upcoming summit of EU leaders this week, the European liberals organise a public conference about the present situation in the euro zone to discuss the liberal perspectives in view of the agreement for a greater attention of economic imbalances.

“The idea behind the euro zone is to ensure European prosperity – why one has to look at the longer term effects for European financial stability, rather than applying populistic short-term behaviour. Reliable policies are not built by turncoats.”

What effects would the dissolution of the euro zone have for the EU? What effects would it have for the mutual trust and cooperation between European neighbours? I believe that the longer term effects would benefit neither Europe nor Greece. It stands perfectly clear that Greece will not avoid going through a thorough domestic reconstruction process, similar to that of e.g. Ireland”, comments ELDR Party President, Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck MEP, ahead of the conference. The speakers will include:

  • Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck MEP, ELDR Party President;
  • Siim Kallas, European Commission Vice President (Estonia), who will present the Estonian perspective of the state of play in the euro zone in view of Estonia’s expected entry into the euro at the beginning of next year;
  • Robert Priester, Head of Department – Wholesale and Regulatory Policy, European Banking Federation;
  • Olle Schmidt MEP, Coordinator of the European Parliament’s committee on the economic and financial crisis who will talk about possible measures or strengthening euro zone cooperation and the European financial supervisory framework.

The conference is open to the press who can participate in the panel
discussion.

For more information about the conference and to confirm your participation please contact Robert Plummer, rplummer@eldr.eu, +32.2.237.0147. For press enquiries, please contact Chiara Puletti cpuletti@eldr.eu +32.2.237.0143.

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Got the following invitation today, Correa is an excellent expert. Generally the seed patent groups are a bit detached from deep knowledge about the patent system and thus easily dismissed by institutional players. But they generate a lot of public buzz with their popular seed patent cases.

Public Conference
PATENTS ON SEEDS : THE TURNING POINT?
Munich, Germany, July 19th 2010; 10.15 am to 3.15 pm
 
In the past decade, an increasing number of patents on plants and animals have been granted, especially in industrialised countries. The negative impacts of these patents on farmers, on breeders and on innovation have became more and more evident during the last years, as has the patents’ contribution to market concentration. There is a growing rejection of these patents by NGOs, farmers’ organizations, breeders and even governments. The conference “Patents on Seeds – The turning point?” shows current trends, highlights the negative impacts of the current patent system. Conference participants will discuss what the necessary changes are and what the possibilities are to effect such changes. .

Languages/Translation: English, French, German, Spanish

Venue: Kolpinghaus München Zentral, Adolf-Kolping-Strasse 1, 80336 München; 10 minutes walking distance from the central train station. See http://www.tagungen-muenchen.de/lageplan/ For more information about accommodation in Munich: http://www.muenchen.de/Tourismus/6942/index.html

Registration: Online registration at www.evb.ch/en/patentsconference. Please register before July 12th.

Registration Fee: 25 Euro, including a lunch snack. To be paid on arrival.

Agenda:

10:15 Welcome
10:30 Carlos Correa (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina); worldwide trends on patents on seeds
11:10 Guy Kastler (Via Campesina, France); The impact of patents and plant variety protection on farmers
11:40 Niels Louwaars (Wageningen University, The Netherlands):); “The impact of patents on breeders and innovation and policy options to solve the problems.”
12:10 Christoph Then, Ruth Tippe (No patents on Seeds, Kein Patent, Germany); The Broccoli Case – and why the upcoming decision of the enlarged board of appeal is important.
12:40 lunch
13:30 Wilhelmina Pelegrina (Searice, Phlippines); Participatory plant breeding – Alternatives for innovation
14:00 Panel with all Speakers: Needs and strategies to change the current patent system
15:00 Summary and Goodbye
15:15 End of the Conference

For any questions regarding the conference please contact: nopatentsonseeds@gmail.com
Organisers: Greenpeace, Kein Patent auf Leben!, Misereor, EvB, Swissaid, Utviklingsfondet

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OPEN GOVERNMENT SUMMIT
EMPIRE STATE PLAZA, ALBANY, NY
March 19, 2010
9 AM – 5 PM
This one day summit will feature key note speakers, including David Ferriero, Archivist of the U.S, panel discussions and a reception addressing “hot-button” issues in the “open government” dialogue including:
– The meaning of “open government” in the digital age
– Operationalizing digital openness
– Meeting citizen expectations for access
– What the future holds for openness
– Best practices
– Sunshine Law and archival implications of digital records

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For those who just knew Omnibus and Omnicleaner, a message from Referat IT 7 of BMI (German Federal Ministry of Interiour), relates to an annual conference about electronic ID:

Omnicard 2010

Jährlicher Branchentreff zum Informationsaustausch rund um das Thema elektronische Identität vom
19.-21.01.2010 in Berlin

What makes me curious, I just received a “Führungszeugnis” (certificate of good conduct) sent to me from BMJ, a letter which confirms to me that I am no criminal or otherwise dangerous or as they say “No entry”. It was much faster delivered than they announced me in the citizen’s service office. It took much longer 15 years ago and you had to wait for 40 minutes to file your application. These kind of public services tend to improve over time. I am sure we will one day pass the stage where you simply order them via a webform and they don’t charge you for that knickknack, it would be in your box the next day. Of course electronic recording of such data with an electronic ID card sounds more convenient. I guess data protection and security would be an issue here. Now, if the information that I am harmless is beyond the scope of an ID card, what to do with other critical data such as Health records?

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KnowRight 2010: Conference on the Interaction of Information Related Rights, Information Technology and Knowledge Management

Vienna University
Vienna, Austria
May 5 – 6, 2010

Call for papers (end of january) The main organizer of the annual conference is again the Austrian scientific computer society OCG. The FFII is a co-organiser. The topics of your submissions is mostly open, but should be related to the ongoing discussions about legal challenges in digital media policy. For instance for IPR:

IP and competition law
 IP and development agenda (WIPO Development Agenda etc.)
 Software patents
 Re-use right
 Enforcement of IPRs
 Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED)
 Access to private and public data for enforcement purposes
 User blocking as sanction for IP violations
 Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)
 Enforcement of IP with penal law
 Public support for enforcement of IPRs
 Administrative sanctions instead of penal sanctions?
 Digital Rights Management
 Collecting societies
 Just and fair share of authors
 Pirate Bay debacle
 IP and innovation
 IP and public policy considerations
 Google books & authors’ rights

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Am 08. Dezember 2009 findet der Vierte Nationale IT-Gipfel der Bundeskanzlerin im Internationalen
Congresscenter (ICS) in Stuttgart statt.

http://www.CIO.bund.de/SharedDocs/Kurzmeldungen/DE/2009/091208_nationaler_itgipfel_2009.html

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An EU Commission event second edition of the High Level event on ICT for Energy Efficiency will take place

February 23rd/24th 2010 in

Charlemagne Building
170 Rue de la Loi (Wetstraat)
BE-1049 Brussels, Belgium

gathering policy makers and experts on the ICT for Energy Efficiency field. Registration is required but free.

Following up on the ICT4EE 2009 High Level Event which aimed to accord visibility to the potential of ICTs in enabling energy efficiency, this  event aims to become a vehicle to drive progress in the transition to an energy-efficient and low-carbon economy following the terms of the “Recommendation C(2009) 7604” adopted by the European Commission on October 9th 2009 [1], see also “Mobilising Information and Communication Technologies to facilitate the transition to an energy-efficient, low-carbon economy”, European Commission Communication – COM(2009) 111 – Brussels, 12.3.2009

Through the Recommendation, the Commission calls on the ICT sector to agree on common methodologies for measuring energy consumption and carbon emissions by 2010.

And actually the conference provides a small contribution to the reduction of emissions:  Webstreaming will be provided, so you do not have to be there just to watch the speeches of the programme.

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Copyright is in reform needs. The objective feels a bit like the movie plot kitsch of Metropolis, how to reconcile the heart and the hand of the digital environment. One approach by trade politicians is currently undertaken by e.g. a planned Trade Treaty, ACTA, which aims to tighten copyright enforcement and use so called digital rights management measures. Also the Commission investigates copyright licensing legal ambushes. Another approach is of intellectual, discoursive nature. No one really knows how to adapt copyright to the digital environment and make it sustainable. So the idea was to get the minds and interested parties together to discuss the future of copyright in an open, sea side remote location as Wilhelmshaven, the famous Prussian North Sea war port. Get the trias author-intermediary-user, as Dr. Joachim Losehand points out, to talk with each other, not about each other. Times are changing, so is copyright.

A preliminary website is up and running here:

http://www.urheberrechtstage.de/

A call for paper is preannounced, the event would take place 4-6 June 2010 in Wilhelmshaven.

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