Dorf Tratsch /
Oekonux4 Call For Contributions
|During the past decade the phenomenon of Free Software has become
successful and well-known. It is still amazing how in the realm of
software the creativity of so many volunteers leads to products which
are useful for the whole mankind. In 1999 the Oekonux Project
 started with analyzing this phenomenon and
trying to understand the special features of Free Software as a social
and political enterprise.
Today, beyond the Free Software world, projects based on a similar approach of peer production are rapidly emerging, including Wikipedia and many more. It is time to look at peer production from a broader perspective.
Free Software and Beyond
The World of Peer Production
we are planning a conference where
o researchers and activists meet
o intensive discussions are possible
o experiences can be shared and learned.
We are calling for contributions about the big world of peer production. Possible themes include (but not limited to):
o Reports from peer production projects such as
o Wikipedia o Blogosphere o Design communities o OpenAccess? movement o Open Music o Free Culture o Sharing platforms like Flickr and YouTube? o Free Softwareo Peer production and capitalism
o Theoretical approaches on their relationship o Peer production and commercial interests o Peer production and the state o Peer production and political approaches of the pasto Peer governance
o Theoretical approaches to governance in peer production o Peer ownership o Maintainership and conflict resolutiono Material peer production
o Existing projects o Theoretical approachesIf you want to
o give a talk o prepare a workshop o moderate a round table discussionplease submit a short outline of your idea (~300 words) together with a short bio to projekt AT oekonux DOT de. (Mails to this address are archived on the web. Please ask there if this is a problem for you.) If you want to add some other kind of contribution or have other questions please also don't hesitate to contact this address.
About Project Oekonux: In Project Oekonux different people with different opinions and different methods study the economic and political forms of Free Software and other peer production phenomenons. An important question is, whether the principles of peer production may be the foundation of a new economy which may be the base for a new society.
About P2P Foundation: The Foundation for Peer to Peer Alternatives researches, documents and promotes P2P practices in every domain of social life. It's a global cyber-collective and aims to be a knowledge and internetworking platform for open/free, participatory, and commons-oriented initiatives on a global scale.
o Deadline for applications: 31 October 2008
o Final decision on acceptance: 15 December 2008
o Deadline for submission of papers / slidesets: 13 March 2009
o Conference date: 27-29 March 2009
o Conference location: Manchester, UK
o Contact address: projekt AT oekonux DOT de
o Conference language: English
o More information on the conference website