Please circulate this notice far and wide.
*Open Video Conference: call for proposals*
*** Submission deadline: March 19 ***
We are now accepting proposals for panels, workshop sessions, demo sessions,
and other programming for the inaugural Open Video Conference in New York.
Join us and over 400 participants during our groundbreaking two-day
conference and make your imprint on the online video space.
to make a submission.
Open Video Conference
June 19-20, 2009
New York City
40 Washington Square South (NYU Law School)
*The Open Video Conference*
The conference is a co-production of the Yale Law School Information Society
Project, the Participatory Culture Foundation, Kaltura, and iCommons. The
conference will feature talks from internet luminaries, panels and
discussions, screenings of video art, and demonstrations of the newest
internet video technology. We expect more than 400 participants. Here are
some goals for the gathering:
*1.* Bring together stakeholders in the online video space (video makers,
coders, lawyers, academics, entrepreneurs, etc.) for cross-pollination and
development of the Open Video movement.
*2.* Raise public interest and awareness around the Principles for an Open
Video Ecosystem, a community effort to define best practices in online
*3.* Raise the public profile of video creators and artists working in the
*What Types of Proposals are You Seeking?*
We are requesting proposals and ideas for panels, presentations, workshops,
and other sessions that will address how we can shape online video and the
public debates around the medium. Proposals may be intended for the main
conference track, or for more focused unconference-style sessions. Proposal
topics may be legal, technical, or cultural in focus, though we encourage
proposals in all relevant areas. The more complete and fleshed out a
proposal, the more likely it will be accepted?but we welcome the submission
of all good ideas.
We are also seeking submissions of video art to showcase the creative
potential of artists in the open video space.
To submit a proposal or idea for Open Video, please visit
. The deadline for submissions is
March 19, 2009. If you have any questions about the Alliance, the
conference, or the submission process, please contact Ben Moskowitz at
*Why is Open Video Important?*
YouTube and other online video applications are rightly celebrated for
empowering end-users; however, 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
Open Video is the growing movement for transparency, interoperability, and
participation in online video. These qualities provide more fertile ground
for bottom-up innovation and greater protection for free speech online. Many
organizations are already taking steps to change the nature of video on the
web: Mozilla is moving to support open video formats in Firefox, the
Participatory Culture Foundation promotes open source and standards in video
publishing and distribution, and Wikipedia has increased its focus on the
open Theora codec.
*About the Open Video Alliance*
The Open Video Alliance is a coalition of leading organizations dedicated to
fostering the growth of open infrastructure, tools, and standards for the
online video medium. Yale Law School's Information Society Project hosted a
stakeholder meeting on October 31st, 2008; representatives from nearly 30
organizations convened to discuss common goals for technologists, maker
communities, and legal experts.
For more information, see http://openvideoalliance.org
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