Tecnologie e Società


Open Standards International Symposium
Eddan Katz


The Information Society Project at Yale Law School cordially invites you to attend the Open Standards International Symposium (OSIS), scheduled for February 3, 2007, at Yale Law School in New Haven, CT. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to register at

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) standards are increasingly serving as a locus of political and economic controversy. Technical standards, though not made by legislatures or elected representatives, increasingly mediate between prevailing social tensions such as access to information versus property rights and law enforcement versus individual civil liberties. Economically, the intellectual property arrangements underlying standards determine the competitive openness of certain technology markets and intersect directly with global trade conflicts. Technically, recent interoperability problems in government services like disaster response have prompted renewed political interest in open standards around the globe. Despite the significance of open standards in the global ICT context, even the meaning of openness is a contentious topic. OSIS will be the first academic conference to examine concepts of open standards in the larger context of technology, markets, politics, and law.

During this ground-breaking symposium, a distinguished international group of technologists, policymakers, entrepreneurs, executives, lawyers, computer scientists, and activists will map out the terrain of open standards issues in four panels: (1) Technology; (2) Economics; (3) Politics; and (4) Law.

For a full conference description and to register for the event, please visit the symposium web site at

Confirmed speakers include:

An Baisheng, Deputy Division Chief, WTO Department, Ministry of Commerce, People's Republic of China
Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, and Director, Information Society Project, Yale Law School
Daniel Benoliel, ISP Fellow Alumnus, Information Society Project, Yale Law School
Vittorio Bertola, At-Large Advisory Committee, ICANN; President & CTO, Dynamic Fun
Sherrie Bolin, President and CEO, The Bolin Group
Geoffrey Bowker, Professor & Executive Director, Center for Science, Technology, and Society, Santa Clara University
Carl Cargill, Chief Standards Officer, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Laura DeNardis, Visiting Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale Law School
Alexander Galloway, Assistant Professor, Culture & Communication, New York University
Linda Garcia, Professor & Director, Communication, Culture & Technology, Georgetown University
Rishab Ghosh, Senior Researcher, United Nations University, Maastricht Economic and Social Research Training Centre on Innovation & Technology
Robin Gross, Executive Director, IP Justice
Eddan Katz, Executive Director, Information Society Project, and Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School
Ken Krechmer, Fellow, International Center for Standards Research, University of Colorado, Boulder
John Morris, Director, Internet Standards, Technology, and Policy Project, Center for Democracy and Technology
John Palfrey, Executive Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society; Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Huang Rengang, Minister Counsellor of the Permanent Mission to the WTO, People's Republic of China
Manon Ress, Director, Information Society Projects, Consumer Project on Technology
Robert Shaw, Deputy Head, Strategy and Policy Unit, International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
Peter Strickx, General Manager, Architecture & Standards, Fedict, Belgium
Bob Sutor, Vice President, Standards and Open Source, IBM Corp.
Natalie Sunker, Republic of South Africa, Deputy Director, Intellectual Property, Policy & Legislation, Department of Trade and Industry
Andrew Updegrove, Partner, Gesmer Updegrove LLP
John Wilson, Lead Economist, Development Economics Research Group, International Trade, The World Bank

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