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Open Video Conference in New York March 11, 2009

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Civic Media, Journalism, News, Web Video, YouTube.


Here’s a disruptive event. The Open Video Conference will showcase awesome cultural works, inspiring talks, and cool tech demos. With the Web moving to video, this conference is going to be exciting! Open Video is a movement to promote free expression and innovation in online video.

As Web video 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?

The conference has opened the Call for Papers with some additional background. You are invited to submit a proposal no later than March 19th.

There’s more to Open Video than open codecs, though that’s what most of us think when we think open source. Open Video is the growing movement driven by a broad-based movement of video creators, technologists, academics, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, activists and remixers.

Its goal is transparency, interoperability, and further decentralization in online video. These qualities provide more fertile ground for independent producers, bottom-up innovation, and greater protection for free speech online.

Although YouTube and other online video applications are rightly celebrated for empowering end-users, online video lacks some of the essential qualities that make text and images on the Web such powerful tools for free speech and technical innovation.

Email, blogs, and other staples of the open Web rely on ubiquitous and interoperable technologies that have low barriers to entry. They are massively decentralized and resistant to censorship or regulation. Video, meanwhile, relies on centralized distribution and proprietary technologies which can threaten cultural discourse and innovation.

Open Video is about the legal and social norms surrounding online video. It’s the ability to attach the license of your choice to videos you publish. It’s about media consolidation, aggregation, and decentralization. It’s about fair use.

Conference Highlights
Brings together stakeholders in the online video space (video makers, coders, lawyers, academics, entrepreneurs, etc.) for cross-pollination and development of the Open Video movement. Raises public profile of video creators and artists those whose work relies on or contributes to Open Video. Raises awareness around the Principles of an Open Video Ecosystem, a community effort to define best practices in online video.

Conference Details
Two day event at NYU Law School with live webcast. Main agenda to feature high-profile speakers in legal and cultural dimensions of online video. Secondary programming to include workshops on DIY video creation, publication, open source developer workshops, tech demos, and technical community building. Compilation of video art reel (remix, collage, etc) and related documentaries for continuous screening.

The conference is organized by Participatory Culture Foundation, Yale Internet Society Project, Kaltura,iCommons, and the Open Video Alliance.

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