David Bollier – “The Struggle to Build a Digital Republic” – NYU 5/18

pic by Thomas Bollier The Internet Society’s New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) welcomes David Bollier to speak at NYU on May 18 2009. David will talk about the themes of his new book, Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own (New Press). The book is the first comprehensive history of the “free culture” movement and “sharing economy” that is empowering ordinary people, disrupting markets and changing politics and culture. Bollier will talk about the rise of free and open source software, Creative Commons licenses, the new forms of non-market creativity (Wikipedia, blogs, remix music, videos) as well as fascinating innovations in open science, open education and “open business models.”

When: Monday 18 May 2009 – 7pm
Where: Courant Institute
251 Mercer Street (Warren Weaver Hall)
Room 109
(entrance on W. 4th St)
The public is welcome (photo id required).

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ISOC-NY monthly meet – Tues Nov 25

isoc-ny ISOC-NY’s November general meeting will take place on Tuesday November 25 2008. The agenda is yet to be determined.

    • Date: Tuesday, Nov 25, 2008
    • Time 6pm – 7pm
    • Note changed time!

    • Location: Room 317, Warren Weaver Hall, 251 Mercer Street NYC (SW corner of West 4th) (See note below)


  • Note: Use the entrance on the west side since construction blocks the Mercer Street entrance. Must bring ID.

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John Perry Barlow – “The First Internet Election?” – Monday @ NYU

ISOC-NY is a co-sponsor of Evan Korth’s Computers & Society speaker series at NYU this fall. Coming up this Monday is EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow, whose topic will be “The First Internet Election?”

Date: Monday, October 27, 2008
Time: 3:30pm – 4:45pm

Warren Weaver Hall — Room 109
251 Mercer Street
New York, NY
(enter via W. 4th ST)

The public is welcome to attend. Photo id required.
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ISOC-NY coming events / recent webcasts

isoc-nyISOC-NY Meetings
ISOC-NY is not having it’s regular monthly meeting this month. However there will be two working group meetings.
TONIGHT! Tue Oct 21 Event planning meeting      7-8pm    – rm 317  251 Mercer st (Warren Weaver Hall – NYU)
ISXubuntu working group – Postponed til TUESDAY! Oct 28       7-8pm    – location tbd
The November Monthly meeting will be at NYU on Nov 18th
Internet Freedom Bash
On Thursday Oct 23 freepress are holding the 1st Annual Internet Freedom Bash  at the Maritime Hotel.
Star-studded line up. Tix are $50. Details are on
Evan Korth’s Computers and Society  @ NYU – Fall 2008 Series – co-sponsored by ISOC-NY
Three sessions have been held thus far.
Tim Westergren – The Future of Music
Fred Benenson – Brief History of Copyright
Fred Benenson – Creative Commons & Free Culture
Supposedly John Perry Barlow is up next but he is yet to confirm. After that we have
11/5/2008               Douglas Rushkoff
11/9/2008               Lawrence Lessig
11/19/2008              Andrew Rasiej
One Web Day 2008
Video of the Sep 22 Washington Square event is now available at
It needs to be transcribed in English, so that it can be translated to other languages. Volunteers?
City Council Hearings
There have been two hearings of interest recently. Both were somewhat contentious, and are
well worth reviewing as the issues continue to reverberate.
White Spaces
or more particularly
(note the first segment is listed last)
(audio only)

ISOC-NY becomes ICANN At-Large Structure

ISOC-NY ISOC-NY is happy to announce we have been accepted as an At-Large Structure (ALS) in ICANN’s North American At-Large Community (NARALO). This, along with our longstanding membership of the Non Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC), will allow for even greater involvement in the vital issues of internet governance.

Members, and others, who are interested in such matters should join our ICANN Special Interest Group.

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ISOC-NY Public Forum – Participation and Politics Online – Jun 4 – NYU

**Tune in to the live webcast! Ask questions!
OneWebDay and the Information Law Institute @ NYU, as part of Internet Week NY , this will be a discussion on how technology in general, and the Internet in particular, affects the democratic process.

*Date: Wednesday, Jun 4, 2008
*Time 6pm – 7.30pm
*Location: NYU Law School, 40 Washington Square South, New York NY

This forum brings together a variety of renowned scholars, thinkers, and activists to provide their perspectives on political engagement on the Net.

Join us as we talk about, democracy, politics, and participation online, as we gear up for a politically-minded OneWebDay on September 22, 2008.

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