Prof Beth Noveck and Prof Brian Fitzgerald talk Gov 2.0

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LECTURE CANCELLED: Please be aware that the Beth Noveck and Brian Fitzgerald lecture has been cancelled.

For those Creative Commoners in Australia interested in Government 2.0, ccAustralia is very excited to announce that we are co-hosting with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCi) and the Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Law two lectures by Gov 2.0 heavyweights: Professor Beth Noveck, former Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the US Government and and leader of the White House Open Government Initiative, and ccAustralia’s Project Lead Professor Brian Fitzgerald, specialist Research Professor in Intellectual Property and Innovation at QUT and appointee to the Australia Government’s Government 2.0 Taskforce and the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property.

The two speakers have a wealth of knowledge and expertise in Government use of Web 2.0. Professors Noveck and Fitzgerald will talk through their involvement in Government 2.0 initiatives in the USA and Australia over the last two years reflecting on what this means for the operation of government and more broadly the general public. They will consider both at a conceptual and practical level arguments for “collaborative government” as a strategy for creating a more effective and democratic system.

CC seminar in Hobart

ccAustralia’s Professor Anne Fitzgerald, will be speaking in Hobart about CC. The seminar, hosted by Ogilvie & Associates, Solicitors, Hobart will be held late April/early May. Details below: Creative Commons: managing your copyright in the online environment Copyright touches almost everyone…

Science Commons Seminar – 28 October, Canberra

Science Commons bannerFor all those people in Canberra who expressed interest in a CC Roadshow in the nation’s capital, you will be happy to know that we have slated a roadshow for early next year. In the mean time, IP Australia and ccAustralia are hosting a Science Commons seminar with John Wilbanks from Science Commons and ccAustralia’s Professor Brian Fitzgerald. Details after the cut.

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Roadshow reflections

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4 weeks, 6 cities, 30 speakers, 250+ attendees, countless questions and 280+ tagged tweets and the CC Roadshows are now over! The blog post is a few reflections from the ccAustralia on the roadshows. Please comment on this post with your thoughts; what worked? What didn’t? What information was good? What did we miss out? Which case studies and champions did you like?

For the slides, featured CC projects and other documentation see our roadshow wrap up.

We kicked things off in Melbourne at the State Library of Victoria on 1 September where the breadth of represented CC project tussled with the amazing lunch spread for the audience’s attention. Despite the amazing catering, Justin Schmidt‘s tales of syndicated Digital Fringe content on dental surgeries screens, Chris Chinchilla‘s challenge to take to copies of Aduki Independent PressStick this in your memory hole with scissors and glue and Andrew Garton‘s reminder that sometimes playing guitar in the bush is more important than thinking about rights management, the projects had the audience and the Twitterverse abuzz.

From Melbourne we flew straight on to Perth for the second event at the State Library of Western Australia on 2 September. The West Coast audience was especially attentive and engaged, in spite of the beautiful panoramic view from the Great Southern Room! As always, Tama Leaver gave a compelling talk about CC as a education tool and Luke Steele did a fine spruk for the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts record label, Slow Release (regardless of how nervous he was).

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ccAustralia hits the road with the CC Roadshow 2010

CC Roadshow - Page bannerWe are very excited to announce details of the next ccAustralia national conference, and this time we are taking a different approach. The previous conferences have been held in Brisbane, where we are headquartered. Although this helps keep our costs down, it has always limited who is able to attend. So this year we’re taking ccAustralia to a city near you!

Throughout September we will be hosting one-day mini-conferences in Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne,  Perth and Sydney. Although we have released a preliminary template for the program, each city will be customised depending on who is attending. So if you’re interested in finding out about CC for the first time, looking for an update on recent developments and the Australian Version 3.0 licences, or wanting to know how CC is being used by people in your local area, register now! We’ll see you soon!

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Models are Hot: ccAustralia at the Brisbane Powerhouse next Tuesday

A social engagement for all those interested in digital music and online business models.

CCau’s Elliott Bledsoe is speaking at the Models are Hot event at the Brisbane Powerhouse next Tuesday as part of the Independent Music Project‘s Music Stimulants series. The panel, which also features alongside Tim Price from Musicadium and James Milsom from Melbourne-based group Ancient Free Gardeners, will explore new models of distribution, collaboration and commerce emerging around music in the digital age.

From the website:

For musicians these days, there is a sobering reality about the distribution of music content; wake up and smell the peer-to-peer! How can you ask for the cake and get to eat it too?

… It’s one thing for Girl Talk, Nine Inch Nails and Yoko Ono to give away their music, but what about at the other end of the scale? The panel will discuss new opportunities in the changed media environment, using Melbourne band Ancient Free Gardeners as a case study.

The panel is followed by a gig by Ancient Free Gardeners.

Music Stimulants is a series of monthly gigs and seminars being run by IMP in collaboration with the Powerhouse to bring musicians and music lovers together in stimulating discussion about today’s music.

Where: Turbine Platform, Brisbane Powerhouse
When: Tuesday, 27 April, 6 – 8pm
Topic: Models are hot

Media 2010 Al Jazeera seminar

UPDATE 15/02/2010: Due to high interest the Media 2010 Satellite Seminar will now be held a the University of Technology, Sydney. Please see below for full venue details.

As part of Media 2010, X|Media|Lab and Creative Commons Australia invite you to join Moeed Ahmad, Head of New Media at Al Jazeera in conversation with Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Project Lead of Creative Commons Australia and Rami Olwan, Project Lead of Creative Commons Jordan to discuss free and open models of content management in the digital media environment.

Thursday 18 February, 12.00 – 1.00 pm
UTS Law moot court, UTS: Law
Block B, B, University of Technology, Sydney
Crn Quay Street and Ultimo Road, Haymarket, Sydney
(Google map).

Realising Our Broadband Future around Australia

And another one for those interested in government communications policy – on Thursday the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy is running the Realising Our Broadband Future forum at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

With an opening by – wait for it – the Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd, and featured keynote speakers including Senator the Hon. Stephen Conroy Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, well known open access advocate Senator Kate Lundy and CEO of the NBN Co. Mike Quigley, the day certainly looks set to be one of the keystone public consultation events in the lead up to the National Broadband Network.

From the website:

The National Broadband Network (NBN) will turbo-charge our digital economy and enable Australia to become a global leader in using the online world – the world of the 21st century. It will make possible new ways of delivering all essential services.

We need to start planning now for this new world to ensure we maximise the opportunities that the National Broadband Network will provide.

The Government is hosting the Realising Our Broadband Future forum to map the applications and business models that will thrive in Australia’s high speed broadband future.

The UNSW forum is invitation only – but to make sure everyone can get involved there are a number of options for remote participation, from a live stream to an idea wiki to Twitter hashtag. They’re also inviting people to suggest ideas or topics in advance of the forum, based around the five streams of:

• Smart Infrastructure
• e-Business.
• Digital Education
• e-Health
• e-Communities

Furthermore, there are a couple of complimentary forums popping up around the country, combining live streams of the main keynotes with local speakers and discussion forums. For instance, our sister research project, auPSI, will be hosting an event at QUT in Brisbane. A similar forum is being held at Parramatta.

So take advantage of the options to participate in shaping this important part of Australia’s development, while you still have the ability to have your say.