OKAPI Spotlight- July 2009

Every month, OKAPI Spotlight features Open Knowledge news at UC Berkeley and around the world. To contribute, email Lizzy. To receive more frequent updates, join our email listserv .

On Campus
Toward a New Legal Framework for Cybersecurity
Speaker Deirdre Mulligan
Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
USENIX Security Symposium, Montreal, Canada
Deidre Mulligan, assistant professor of the I-School, will be speaking  at the USENIX Security Symposium in August with Fred Schneider of Cornell University. Mulligan and Scheider  ask: “what role should the law play in the creation of more secure or trustworthy network?” Both “argue for a theoretical reorientation…” and that “[l]everaging the law in a sophisticated and comprehensive manner to address market failures stemming from information gaps, externalities, and cognitive biases is essential to achieving and maintaining a level of security appropriate to the activities occurring on the Internet today and in the future.”

Around the World

Building Social Media Infrastructure to Engage Publics:
Twitter Vote Report and Inauguration Report ’09
Part of the Future of Public Media Project, which is supported by the Ford Foundation, the Center for Social Media at American University has been publishing a “a series of field reports that profile innovative media for public knowledge and action.” This report focuses on how a group of volunteers used Twitter to “engage users to report on their voting experiences in the 2008 U.S. election, and then to document their experiences of the 2009 presidential inauguration.” This shows “how journalists and advocates can effectively leverage a range of both commercial and open source social media tools to organize, publicize and implement citizen reporting projects, creating infrastructure for related future projects.”

UNESCO releases new publication on open educational resources
Focused on reports, conversations, and activities from the past three years in the Open Educational Resource community, UNESCO has released its first openly licensed publication last month. Titled Open Educational Resources: Conversations in Cyberspace “provides an overview of the first steps of this exciting new development: it captures the conversations between leaders of some of the first OER projects, and documents early debates on the issues that continue to challenge the movement. The publication will provide food for thought for all those intrigued by OER – its promise and its progress.” This is UNESCO’s first openly licensed publication.


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